Why this will make it a rocky road to Dublin
Published 11/06/2015 | 02:30
It's going to be a rocky road to Dublin for many a driver by the looks of things.
The plan to ban, or seriously discourage, cars from around the city centre has the potential to create a nightmare for thousands of drivers.
You would expect me, a driver, to say that. Except I agree with the concept of, and need for, streamlining traffic flow.
It's just I fear that some of the well-intentioned ideas in this plan will translate into ultimately punitive measures.
Take just one example. A family travelling from the western suburbs, or from down the country, would have to get out of their car, park it near Heuston Station then take public transport - and maybe switch to more public transport - rather than drive to where they were going. Great fun that on a wet day with tired children.
That element worries me. So do several others, including the potential for confusion in diverted traffic using the city centre as a through route.
They'd be directed to an alternative route by signage from the M50. Oh dear! Our signage is so poor as it is, I shiver at the impact of more convoluted instructions.
I would urge caution we don't cut off our nose to spite our face. Because there are good, sensible elements in the proposals; such as banning cars and taxis from College Green and making Suffolk Street and St Stephen's Green North pedestrian areas.
But making Bachelor's Walk and another south quays strip no-go car areas is only kicking the problem back down the road.
I think this plan needs more thinking through. And I hope we motorists (not those who purport to represent us) get to have a real say.
We are paying heavy taxes to keep our cars on the road. We should make our voices heard on which of those roads we can use.