ALONG THE TRAM TRACKS – CHANCERY STREET
There are effectively two tram stops on Chancery street – “The Four Courts” and “Smithfield”.
YOU, ME AND WE KNOW AN EXAMPLE OF URBAN EXPRESSION – CONSTITUTION HILL
This wall, a number of buildings and a Maxol garage should have been demolished by the time that I took this photograph [22 November 2014]. Today, 20 February 2021, the Broadstone Gate development has not yet been fully completed having been delayed because of ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.
In December 2013 The proposed €5 million Broadstone Gate development on constitution hill came to a halt following the refusal of a petrol station owner to vacate the site
The plan involved the demolition of a small number of buildings, including the Maxol garage on Constitution Hill. However, Maxol withdrew their consent for the demolition. In response Dublin City Council said it would redraw the plans, building the new entrance plaza around the garage. As the garage has since been demolished you can draw your own conclusions.
MY LEAST FAVOURITE BUS STOP EVER – DRUMCONDRA
When I lived in Carlingford Road this was my local bus stop and I hated it. Unless you have used it you may not appreciate what the problem is. The bus shelter is positioned in such a way that one cannot see an approaching bus until it has actually passed the stop. On a wet day the stop is very badly exposed and even then it can be difficult to see an approaching bus to the extent that the bus driver frequently just drive by without stopping.
CABRA LUAS TRAM STOP BESIDE MOUNT BERNARD PUBLIC PARK
Cabra is a stop on the Luas light-rail tram system in Dublin, Ireland. It opened in 2017 as a stop on Luas Cross City, an extension of the Green Line through the city centre from St. Stephen’s Green to Broombridge.
The stop provides access to the neighbourhood of Cabra and the National Botanic Gardens.
Cabra Luas stop is located at the northern end of the Broadstone railway cutting, immediately to the north of Connaught Street, which crosses the line on the Liam Whelan bridge, which was rebuilt as part of the construction of the stop. The main entrance is a long ramp leading from the eastern side of the bridge to the middle of the southbound platform (there are also stairs which lead from the middle of the ramp to the end of the platform). A second entrance consists of a pathway leading from the northern end of the stop to the nearby Mount Bernard Park.
The cutting is somewhat wider than the stop itself, meaning that there is some leftover space behind the northbound platform. Saplings have been planted in this area in an attempt to reduce the Luas’s carbon footprint. Saplings have also been planted on the southbound platform.
JUST EAT HAS BEEN REPLACED BY NOW TV AS MAIN SPONSOR – DUBLINBIKES DOCKING STATIONS AT WESTERN WAY
[19 January 2021]
Irish cyclist and Tour De France green jersey winner, Sam Bennett, today officially launched the newly rebranded NOW TV dublinbikes which are hitting the streets of Dublin from this week. NOW TV was announced as the new sponsor of dublinbikes late last year as part of a three-year commercial partnership with Dublin City Council and JCDecaux.
Today’s launch also marks the arrival of a new NOW TV dublinbikes App which will enhance the user experience and make it easier than ever to use the service.
The new App provides lots more functionality for users making it easier than ever to get out there and enjoy the city. Users of the App can;
Simply Sign up and get cycling straight away
Check live availability of bikes at stations
Report any issues with the bikes
Release a bike from a station
Rate the bike they’ve just cycled
Access their journey stats – all from their own phone.
Speaking at the launch, Sam Bennett, said: “I am delighted to team up with NOW TV to launch the arrival of the newly branded dublinbikes. One of my favourite things to do when visiting a new city is to get out on a bike and explore everything it has to offer so this partnership felt like an ideal fit for me. I think as a nation we have really embraced cycling during the lockdown and NOW TV dublinbikes are the perfect way to explore the city while enjoying some fresh air and exercise. The new App is simple to use and provides really useful information including checking availability at bike stations, planning your route via the map function and even unlocking a bike from your phone.”
Sarah Jennings, Marketing Director NOW TV, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with dublinbikes for the next three years and it’s very exciting to see NOW TV branded bikes on the streets of the city. The all new User Experience across both the new App and the website will make using the NOW TV dublinbikes scheme even easier. I’d like to thank Sam Bennett for joining us to virtually launch this important stage of our partnership and wish him the very best of luck in the season ahead.”