Dublin City Council has said that the start of Dublin's Luas cross city service next month may require a ban on taxis using College Green.

The council had hoped to have a ban on east/west traffic movement and a new pedestrian plaza in place at College Green, but these plans are under appeal to An Bord Pleanála.

Bus routes diverted to Westland Row during Luas works will be coming back into College Green in the New Year.

Brendan O'Brien, head of technical services at Dublin City Council, said traffic movements will be monitored when the Luas begins.

If there are problems, one option being considered is a ban on taxis using College Green.

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The Luas Cross City will be running every three to six minutes at peak times and although the longer 55 metre trams will not be in operation until the New Year, it will have an impact on traffic flows.

The line took four and a half years to complete at a cost of €368 million, but it came in ahead of time and on budget. Scheduled passenger services will begin on 9 December at 2pm.

The line travels out to Broombridge in Cabra where it connects with commuter rail providing a connection between areas like Castleknock and Dundrum.

It uses the old Midland and Great Western Railway that once connected Dublin and Mullingar and which last carried passengers in 1937.

In the city centre, it provides a connection between the Green and Red Luas lines.

A decision from An Bord Pleanála on the College Green plaza and new traffic arrangements is not expected until next April.