Thursday 17 August 2017

Interactive map helps Longitude festival goers to avoid traffic and plan route around Marlay Park

The Weeknd is one of the headliners for Longitude 2017. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
The Weeknd is one of the headliners for Longitude 2017. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Longitude kicks off today and as the music festival is located in a Dublin city park getting in and out can be tough.

A new interactive map aims to help festival goers and Rathfarnham locals view traffic flows in the area over the weekend and plan their route to avoid congested traffic.

This year 16,500 people are expected to attend each day of the festival at Marlay Park.

An Garda Síochána has created the map using technology from Esri Ireland and it has several helpful features.

The map displays traffic flows around Marlay Park and highlights locations where traffic-calming measures are in place so music fans can plan their route to avoid traffic.

Local residents and commuters will also be able to use the map to plan their journeys around the event.

The map also highlights some other points of interest, such as on-site first aid stations, the location of lost & found property, car parking and pick-up and drop-off points for both Dublin Bus and the Luas shuttle bus.

Paul Creaner, examiner in charge of maps, GIS Garda Mapping Section, said: “With significant numbers of people making their way to Marlay Park for Longitude this weekend, An Garda Síochána will be implementing traffic-calming measures around the park. This map will allow us to monitor traffic patterns in real-time, and ensure that traffic continues to move as efficiently as possible.

“We would encourage people to travel to the event by public transport, which will not only reduce total CO2 emissions, but also help to reduce congestion in the car parks and on the surrounding roads. Concert-goers can use this map to find the location of the Dublin Bus pick-up area and the stop for the Luas shuttle bus.”

Check out the map HERE

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