For such a small thoroughfare, Crane Street sees huge volumes of pedestrian footfall. The street, running from Thomas Street through the heart of the old Guinness complex is one of the most evocative in The Liberties and every day sees thousand of visitors, on the march towards Dublin’s biggest tourist attraction – The Guinness Storehouse. In fact, its estimated that 1m of its 1.6m visitors walk to the Storehouse each year, and most likely they’ll use Crane Street and its lesser-known extension, Sugar House Lane. The street also has one of the city’s most photographed spots – the Guinness Gate.
Now the street is getting a makeover, with a €300,000 investment by Dublin City Council supported by Failte Ireland. The project will see pavements on both sides widened and reconstructed. The antique setts and kerbstones of the street will be retained and relaid. The carriageway will be repaired and there are further sets of repairs for adjoining Rainsford Street and School Street, where four new tree build-outs will be constructed. Tree planters and street furniture are planned for the completed street.
All in all, the work will see the condition of the street dramatically improved. Current coach, taxi and the few car parking spaces on Crane Street and Sugar House Lane will be removed. The street will remain single lane northbound only. Changes are proposed to better manage the increasing volume of buses and coaches in the area, now busily plying the route from St Patrick’s Cathedral and Newmarket to the Guinness Storehouse and beyond.
The programme is set to commence on 21st August with an expected duration of 12 weeks. During this time traffic diversions will be in place, street closures will apply for extended periods and access to the area will be limited. However, pedestrian and car access to the area will be maintained as much as possible.
The project – Thomas Street Environs Pedestrian Improvement Scheme – is an action of Dublin City Council’s Liberties Greening Strategy, working to enhance and renew the physical environment of The Liberties to make it more walkable, more relaxing and more attractive for residents and visitors alike.
More details on the project will be available from a dedicated webpage shortly. Notification of streetworks and the proposed programme is being sent to affected businesses and residents in the area.