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

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

Dublin City Council will officially name the Rosie Hackett Bridge, Dublin’s new public transport priority bridge, at 3pm on Tuesday 20th May.
From 06.00hrs on Wednesday 21st May, the Rosie Hackett Bridge will cater 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. The naming of the bridge will take place at the Marlborough St end.

The Rosie Hackett 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. To download photos and key facts on the bridge see http://dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-roads-and-traffic-major-transport-projects/rosie-hackett-public-transport

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn will officially name 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 naming ceremony will be Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar TD and John Gray, Rosie Hackett’s nephew. Several other relatives of Rosie Hackett will also attend.

Lord Mayor Quinn says: “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.”

Rosie Hackett’s nephew John Gray said. “I would like to thank all the people who campaigned to have this beautiful bridge named after Rosie Hackett. Dublin City Council’s decision to name the bridge after Rosie is a tribute to people all over the world who have fought against injustice and inequality.”

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 www.bridgesofdublin.ie

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Key facts on the Rosie Hackett Bridge

Who can use the Rosie Hackett Bridge?

  • Essentially sustainable travel users – pedestrians, cyclists and those using public transport.
  • From 06.00hrs on Wednesday 21st May 2014 you will be able to use the bridge if you are walking, cycling or on a bus. (Dublin Bus Routes 14, 15, 27 and 151)
  • Buses 
  • Emergency vehicles
  • The bridge will be used by south bound LUAS trams from 2017
  • Taxis can use the bridge

What public transport improvements will the bridge deliver?

  • It’s a central piece of infrastructure in the Luas Cross City project
  • Dublin City Council introduced a right turn ban from Custom House Quay to Talbot Memorial Bridge on Monday 12th May. This created a contra flow bus lane giving buses priority access to the new bridge from Busaras and the City Quays. For more on this: www.dublincity.ie/sites/default/files/content//Press/Documents/20140501DCCAlternativetrafficflows.pdf  
  • Around 6,000 people an hour walk over O’Connell St. Approx 10% are now expected to use the Rosie Hackett Bridge
  • Many southbound cyclists will now use Rosie Hackett and avoid O’Connell Bridge and its heavy traffic
  • The new bridge will facilitate users of the dublinbikes scheme as it expands into the Docklands

Who was Rosie Hackett?

Rosie Hackett (1893-1976) was a member of the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union (ITGWU) and a founding member of the Irish Women Workers’ Union. She was dismissed from her job at Jacobs Biscuit Factory on Bishop St as a result of her involvement with the 1913 Dublin Lockout. She served with Countess Markievicz in the 1916 Rising, seeing action at Liberty Hall, St. Stephen’s Green and the Royal College of Surgeons. She was imprisoned in Kilmainham Gaol for 10 days as a result of her involvement in the Rising. She worked for the ITGWU until her retirement in the 1950s.

For a photo of Rosie Hackett and more on her life see http://dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-roads-and-traffic-major-transport-projects/rosie-hackett-public-transport  

Why was the bridge called after Rosie Hackett?

Dublin City Council sought views from the public in naming the new bridge. In all, over 18,000 submissions were received in one form or another. As far as is known, Dublin City Council is the first democratically elected chamber  to take a decision by means of a points system of voting – a Borda Count.  On the initiative of the chair, Councillor Dermot Lacey, Dublin City Concil’s Naming Committee used a Borda Count to reduce a list of ten names for the new bridge to a short list of five; and on 2nd September, 2013, a full meeting of the Council used another Borda Count to reach a consensus result: Rosie Hackett.

Who else was considered?

The shortlist was made up of Rosie Hackett, Kay Mills, Willie Birmingham, Bram Stoker and Frank Duff. Dublin City Public Libraries has produced a new booklet on the naming process called ‘Crossing the Liffey in Style: Rosie Hackett Bridge’. To download a copy see www.bit.ly/hellorosie

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