Friday 9 December 2016

Restricting access to the capital will not solve traffic chaos

Published 03/07/2015 | 02:30

'The transport plan is heavily focused on pedestrian, cyclist and bus use. Not a city for old men - or women - then'
'The transport plan is heavily focused on pedestrian, cyclist and bus use. Not a city for old men - or women - then'

Somebody down in the bunkers of Dublin has a crystal ball. It appears that in the future there will be balmy days and sunshine aplenty to go with the radical Dublin City Centre Transport Study. Besides good weather, you will need good shoes and possibly a facility for several languages. The objective is to 'provide an attractive environment for pedestrians that facilitates and encourages social interaction'. To achieve this, all access to private cars and taxis will be eliminated from College Green, Westmoreland Street, O'Connell Street.

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Bachelors Walk will be reconfigured as a corridor for public transport, cycling and pedestrians between its junctions with Jervis Street and O'Connell Street. On the south side of the river, this arrangement would be repeated either on Aston Quay, Burgh Quay or George's Quay.

Suffolk Street and St Stephen's Green north will be pedestrianised (no cyclists), which will result in restricted access to Dawson, Nassau and Kildare Streets.

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