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Traffic gridlock as Dublin at standstill due to One Direction and voting

Anita McSorley

Published 23/05/2014 | 19:54

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Motorists in Dublin faced six-mile tail-backs and hour-long queues as traffic congestion across the city worsened tonight.

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It's believed the gridlock is down to a combination of three factors - due to the One Direction concert in Croke Park, voting at the local elections and Friday night rush-hour.

The main factor is the 1D concert which is taking place in Croke Park.

Some 80,000 - mostly under the age of 18 - are in attendance.

Traffic on the northside of the city is particularly affected.

Gardai also warned that the N7 Naas Road is is reduced to one lane each way at Newlands Cross until midnight due to maintenance.

A spokesperson for AA Roadwatch told independent.ie that the congestion around Croke Park would arise again when the band finish.

"It was happening all day because of the One Direction concert. It was like a rolling effect. It was particularly bad at the Sean Moore Road and the East Link Toll Bridge. Obviously there were delays around the Croke Park as well with tailbacks going right down Dorset Street," the spokesperson said.

Earlier on today, there were reports drivers had spent an hour trying to cross the East Link Bridge.

"It started dying down when information got out about alternative routes," the spokeperson said about the East Link tailbacks.

"It probably won't be as bad this evening after the concert. There shouldn't be any major problems," she said.

Due to the age profile One Direction fans, traffic is expected to be heavy as parents will be opting to take their children home as quick as they can.

However, gardai have a traffic management plan in place, and extra buses, trains and Luas trams have been put on to cope with the expected increase in demand.

The worst affected areas are the North Frederick Street junction with Dorset Street, the North Circular Road from Doyle's Corner through to Ashtown on the Navan Road.

Traffic on Gardiner Street and Parnell Street leading up to O'Connell Street was also reported to be quite heavy.

Other areas affected included Fairview, Summerhill, and the Sean Moore Road northbound over the East Link as far back as The O2.

Irish Independent

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