Photo of the Week - Week 45:
SG235 passes SG119 both on Route 46A heading in either direction on Grafton Street on the 1st October 2017. This was the first day of Grafton Street being bi-directional again as indicated by the sign in the photo (click on photo for larger version).
On the 1st October 2017, the Trinity College end of Grafton Street became a two-way street once more. This change was due to the new Luas cross-city routing where trams serve the street in both directions. This street is bus/luas only when heading north, however southbound traffic is still unrestricted except during the peaks. The last time this road was two way for buses was 1951. It is notable that only buses that head north to O'Connell Street use the new routing. Routes 11, 38/A/B/D and 46A serve the entire lenght of Dawson Street northbound, turning left onto Nassau Street and then follows the luas tracks onto Grafton Street and then onto College Green. The exception to this rule is the 7B/D and 116, which continue to serve Westland Row and Pearse Street, before O'Connell Street.
As part of the these changes the right turn from Dawson Street to Nassau Street is now banned. So all other routes, such as the 145, the 44/61 and Blanchardstown services, now turn right onto Molesworth Street and then left onto a contra-flow lane on Kildare Street, before rejoining their former routings on Leinster Street South. This is not the first time this routing has been used, having being required on occassion for Luas works, however this is now the official routing from the 1st October 2017.