Monday 25 September 2017

Cars to be banned from Cork city centre

Private cars will be banned from the main shopping streets of Cork during peak traffic hours. Photo: PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Private cars will be banned from the main shopping streets of Cork during peak traffic hours. Photo: PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Ralph Riegel and Laura Larkin

Private cars will be banned from the main shopping streets of Cork during peak traffic hours in a move that is sure to be closely monitored by other Irish cities.

City council officials accepted that, given current resources, a London-style congestion charge was simply unworkable.

But Cork City Council is now examining how to implement a ban on all private vehicles from using St Patrick's Street.

Former Lord Mayor Councillor Terry Shannon explained that the measure is aimed at reducing congestion on the main shopping thoroughfare and promoting public transport.

Delivery vehicles, taxis, couriers and emergency services will be unaffected by the ban.

City councillors had rejected the controversial private vehicle ban last year but have now ratified vastly modified proposals which will see all private vehicles banned from St Patrick's Street between 3pm and 6.30pm from Monday to Saturday.

However, city centre traders starkly warned against any measure which could dissuade shoppers from entering the city.

Irish Independent

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