Gardai insist visit will not hurt business
Published 14/05/2011 | 05:00
Dublin remains open for business.
That was the message from the gardai yesterday, despite a massive security plan that involves restricted traffic movement and parking, and rolling street closures for the visit of Queen Elizabeth.
Supt John Gilligan said their aim was to ensure that everyone could enjoy the queen's visit in safety and give her a warm welcome.
The policing arrangements would inevitably involve some inconveniences but life in the capital would be as close to normal as possible, with businesses open, children going to school, workers commuting and deliveries being made.
He urged people to use public transport where possible, and advised them to plan their journeys in advance, including routes and parking options at their final destination.
Barriers have already been erected around Parnell Square near the Garden of Remembrance, while parking restrictions on 30 streets in Dublin city centre came into effect from 6am today.
These will be followed this weekend and into Monday by barriers being erected along routes the British monarch will travel in the centre city.
Apart from the sites to be visited by the queen, there are no traffic restrictions planned for the city centre on Monday.
The Phoenix Park will remain open to traffic but no parking will be permitted. Dublin Zoo will also be open.
The queen is due to fly into Baldonnel Aerodrome on Tuesday.
From 11.30am traffic management measures will be in place on the N4/M50 interchange at Lucan, with traffic travelling towards the city diverted north or south along the M50 motorway to give them options to access the city centre along the north or south city routes.
Rolling road closures will be put in place from 11.30am to 12.30pm as the queen heads into the city, and extra traffic can be expected on the N7 (Dublin bound) and also on the M50.
Additional restrictions will operate in the city centre between midday and 5pm as the queen visits the Garden of Remembrance and Trinity College before returning to Farmleigh for the evening.