Commuters feel benefit of Bachelors Walk car ban

New traffic restrictions introduced this week in the city centre have cut bus journey times on some routes by 40%.

Cars have been banned from driving from Bachelors Walk over the Liffey since Sunday morning and general traffic has been cut to one lane from Ormond Quay to Eden Quay on the north side and from Burgh Quay to Essex Quay on the south side to accommodate more bus lanes.

In a statement released yesterday Dublin Bus said there was a 40% drop in journey times of 30 services running along Bachelors Walk from 8am-9am.

“We had a good experience on all our services.

“We received feedback from drivers and consumers about improved journey times and from the drivers that there was a high level of compliance.

The ban on cars from going north to south on Bachelors Walk is being introduced to avoid the potential for Cross City Luas trams being blocked as they travel across the Liffey from December.

The ban doesn’t apply to buses, taxis and bicycles which can continue to cross O’Connell Bridge with cars still able to cross the Liffey on Watling Street Bridge, Fr Mathew Bridge at Church Street, Talbot Memorial Bridge and Samuel Beckett Bridge.

Gerry Farrell, director of operations at DublinTown business association, said there has been mixed feedback about the changes and the true effect of the ban won’t be seen for a while.

“We’re not really going to know how significant the impact is until a couple of weeks.

“August is one of the more quieter times of the year.

“It might be a different story in September when schools are back and people are back from annual leave and there are more volumes of traffic.”