PLANT HIRE – LOWER GRANGEGORMAN
Years ago I worked with a lady who had been employed by a business directory and within months was fired because she included all the entries for “Plant Hire” in the “Garden Centre” section.
GRANGEGORMAN GRAFFITI – HIPSTERS
Twenty five years ago when I relocated about a kilometre from Drumcondra to my apartment at Henrietta Place, now effectively within the Grangegorman Campus area, I encountered a similar reaction but I was called a “Yuppie” rather than a “Hipster”
In the 21st century, a hipster is a member of a subculture that is defined by claims to authenticity and uniqueness yet, ironically, is notably lacking in authenticity and conforms to a collective style.
I came across the following when I conducted an online search: “Fifteen years ago it was a no-go area, but now hipsters are buying houses and it’s trendy in parts,” says Pascal Derrien, who runs SPADE Enterprise Centre in Dublin 7. “But it is still dodgy – the Garda station is still one of the busiest in the country.”
There is a genuine concern that Grangegorman could be swamped by 20,000 university students many of whom will become transient residents in the general area. For example the area around Queens in Belfast, 25,000 students, is a good example of what can happen when an area is totally dominated by a college or university.
ST BRENDAN’S WAY FROM CONSTITUTION HILL TO LOWER GRANGEGORMAN
Many building workers were to return to work today so I decided to visit a number of construction sites to see if there was any activity.
When I visited the Broadstone Gate and associated plaza I was a bit disappointed as there were only a few at work however there were many more nearer to Lower Grangegorman. I was disappointed because the project is very much behind schedule and the pandemic related lockdowns cannot be the only cause for failing to meet the original schedule.
The purpose of the Broadstone Gate is provide a key access to the Grangegorman University campus. It will be finished as a public plaza and the access will provide a major linkage between Grangegorman and Dublin city. The plaza is situated off Constitution Hill on the site of the old royal canal at the former Great Western Railway Station commonly known as Broadstone, and will mark a prominent entrance to the Grangegorman urban quarter.
In May 2016, the boundary wall dividing Broadstone and Grangegorman was removed, creating a historic pathway joining the two sites for the first time. However, the pathway remained closed for many years and even now access is limited to specific times of the day [maybe because there is no public lighting]
Under the Grangegorman Masterplan, the primary urban path through Grangegorman – St Brendan’s Way will link with the Broadstone Gate which when completed will reach as far as Prussia Street. The link with Broadstone can also be seen as an extension to the 18th century historic spine of Dublin City which covered Dublin Castle across Grattan Bridge, along Capel Street/Bolton Street, Henrietta Street [where I live] and King’s Inn.
LOWER GRANGEGORMAN – JANUARY 2021
Filtering of through motor traffic was trialled during 2020 in Grangegorman after local residents sought the measure.
The filtered permeability trial commenced on the morning of 6th July 2020.
The trial includes the provision of a series of bollards and temporary planters placed on Grangegorman Lower, with appropriate signage and road markings. Dublin City Council carried out these measures in response to the recently published: “Enabling the City to Return to Work, Interim Mobility Intervention Programme for Dublin City”.
Implementation of this trial results in the elimination of motorised cut-through traffic from Grangegorman Lower and drivers are no longer able to use this route as a short-cut from North Circular Road to the Quays, and vice versa. Filtered permeability through the bollards enables pedestrians and cyclists to continue to take this route. This creates a safer space for local residents and for the large numbers of pedestrians and cyclists that are expected to arrive at TU Dublin from September 2020 and beyond. Access through the bollards is permitted for emergency vehicles.
Turning Restrictions (Except Cyclists and Access) were introduced from North Circular Road onto Grangegorman Upper and Rathdown Road, and from North Brunswick Street onto Grangegorman Lower to minimise the amount of motorised traffic entering the wider area. Motor vehicle access to any premises such as a house, business, service, school or college in the area is permitted, although some journeys are required to take a more circuitous route (via North Circular Road or North Brunswick Street) depending on which side of the bollards the premises is located. Dublin City Council’s Traffic Department has also been continuing to monitor traffic on the surrounding road network and making changes to signal times to reduce delays for all road users.
At the September 2020 Central Area Committee meeting, the elected members proposed and agreed that the trial should be extended until 31st January 2021 to facilitate feedback from the Councillors at the January 2021 Area Committee meeting.
A COMPRESSED VIEW OF LOWER GRANGEGORMAN BECAUSE I USED A SIGMA 105mm LENS
This road is home to the new TU Dublin campus and until recently it was very busy with car traffic. However, as a result of Covid restrictions the new TU Dublin University campus began to see increased footfall, with large numbers using Grangegorman Lower to access it.
It is now being argued by many that Grangegorman Lower should be developed as a “quietway” which is a low-traffic street with high volumes of walkers and cyclists. As you can see the City Council are testing a number of traffic restriction methods.