November 30, 2020

Grangegorman Filtered Permeability Trial Submission

Ciarán Cuffe, MEP for Dublin
Green Party Comhaontas Glas
The Tara Building
11-15 Tara Street, Dublin 2


By email:

Chief Executive

Dublin City Council

Wood Quay, Dublin 8

Dear Mr. Keegan,

I wish to support the Interim Mobility Intervention for Grangegorman Lower and ask that it be continued. As we await the publication of the European Commission’s Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy next week it seems clear that measures such as these are being well-received across Europe and will be encouraged in the years ahead. I wish to make the following observations.

  1. It is likely to improve traffic safety for vulnerable road users including pedestrians and cyclists

  1. It will encourage more people to walk and cycle, particularly children and those who do not walk or cycle regularly. It may be warranted to increase footpath widths in the surrounding streets to better encourage walking on a more permanent basis.
  1. By increasing the propensity for active travel it may reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the numbers of those who drive

  1. It may lead to a reduction in vehicular emissions that are air pollutants.

  1. It may lead to traffic ‘evaporation’ whereby people chose not to drive and walk or cycle instead, and thus vehicular traffic is reduced.

  1. By encouraging physical activity it may lead to a healthier population and thus reduce the population’s risks from Covid.

  1. It would be useful if detailed traffic data was available from the trial period comparing ‘before’ and ‘after’ data for vehicular traffic, pedestrians and cyclists so that clear comparisons can be made.

  1. If there is evidence of traffic build-up at signals (such as at Hanlon’s Corner at the junction with the North Circular Road and Prussia Street and the Old Cabra Road), then I ask that changes in signal timings be considered.

  1. I request that a more considered design solution is provided in consultation with the City Architects Department that might be more in keeping with the adjoining Protected Structures such as the ‘Clocktower Building’. I note the use of red, yellow and teal colours and the inclusion of palm trees in planters. Perhaps native planting (heritage apple trees or crab apples) might be more appropriate, and a more muted colour scheme.


Ciarán CUFFE, MEP for Dublin

You can find a link to the submission here.

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