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New bridge offers ‘Rosie’ future for public transport in capital

New bridge offers ‘Rosie’ future for public transport in capital

(21/05/2014)

Dublin City Council officially named the Rosie Hackett Bridge, Dublin’s new public transport priority bridge, yesterday afternoon.

The Rosie Hackett Bridge caters for pedestrians, cyclists, buses and taxis. South-bound Luas trams will use it following the scheduled completion of the Luas Cross City project in 2017. The bridge spans the River Liffey between Marlborough St on the northside and Hawkins St on the southside. Dublin’s Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn officially named the bridge in honour of the trade union activist who was present at historic events at nearby Liberty Hall during the 1913 Lock Out and the Easter Rising.

Also attending the ceremony were Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar TD and John Gray, Rosie Hackett’s nephew.

The bridge was developed by Dublin City Council in partnership with the National Transport Authority (NTA) and the Rail Procurement Agency (RPA). It was project-managed by Dublin City Council Road Design Division and designed by Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers and Seán Harrington Architects. Graham Projects Ltd began construction of the bridge in September 2011. The NTA funded its cost of €13.5million approx.

Lord Mayor Quinn said: “The Rosie Hackett Bridge caters exclusively for multiple forms of sustainable transport. It will play a central role in improving bus performance along the city quays and provide an alternative route to O’Connell Bridge for cyclists and pedestrians crossing the Liffey. It will also provide a vital link for Luas Cross City and is a welcome addition to the city’s expanding sustainable transport infrastructure.” This also includes dublinbikes, the Canal Way Cycle Route and Quality Bus Corridors.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar said: “The new bridge is unique in that it is the only one in Dublin built exclusively for the use of public transport, pedestrians and cyclists.”

The Rosie Hackett Bridge is the 21st bridge over the Liffey between Chapelizod and Dublin Port. It’s the first new bridge in Dublin City since the Samuel Beckett Bridge (2009). The bridge is 47m long and 26m wide. It is the only city centre bridge that is currently named after a woman. For photos, videos, stories and more on the history and engineering of Dublin’s bridges, including Rosie Hackett, see bridgesofdublin.ie  

Pictured crossing the Rosie Hackett Bridge on dublinbikes are Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn and John Gray, Rosie Hackett’s nephew.

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