Opposition growing at council plans to restrict cars from Dublin city centre

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New measures due to be introduced which will restrict cars travelling through Dublin city centre have been slammed by city traders, councillors and residents.

Dublin City Council’s plans to restrict cars along parts of the quays will be discussed and broadcast live at a meeting of the council’s transport committee in May.

Under the plan, cars travelling east along the north Liffey quays will be required to turn left onto O’Connell Street from Bachelors Walk.

Cars won’t be allowed to go straight on to Eden Quay, which will be restricted to public transport, including taxis, and traffic heading east won’t be able to turn right on to O’Connell Bridge.

DCC say the changes need to be in place before Luas testing in August.

For motorists travelling west to east along the north quays, who are forced to turn left on to O’Connell Street, the shortest diversion route to return to the riverside at Custom House Quay would be 2.7km.

Opposition to the plans has come from former TD Joe Costello, chairman of Stoneybatter Pride of Place. He said:

“The restrictions along the North Quays will cause mayhem at the junction of Blackhall Place, North King Street, North Brunswick Street, Arbour Hill and Stoneybatter”.

Dublin Town, an initiative group of city centre business owners and others who aim to improve the city centre, have also been critical of the council’s plans.

They said the changes on the quays had implications for a wider area than Eden Quay “as removing private traffic from this portion of the quays gives rise to diverted traffic in a number of other locations and these diversions need to be fully considered.”

Lord of Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr said he cannot support the proposals for a new cycle lane on the north quays because it would divert traffic through residential areas.

He said:

“I think a lot of the councillors would have the same opinion.

“Everyone would love to see the North Quays being freer for cyclists to use but not at the expense of people who are in residential areas and where there are kids playing.”

The Irish Parking Association has also expressed “strong opposition” to the plans, saying the consequences of the changes will be “extremely damaging for the social fabric and economic well-being of Dublin city centre.”

The Strategic Policy Committee meeting takes place on May 3rd and will be broadcast live on dublincity.ie