Thursday 21 November 2019

Ban on private cars from Dublin’s Eden Quay to be abandoned under revised traffic plan

Eden Quay Photo: Douglas O'Connor
Eden Quay Photo: Douglas O'Connor

Alan O’Keeffe

A proposed ban on private cars from Dublin’s Eden Quay is to be abandoned under a revised City Council traffic plan.

An earlier plan had aimed to prevent delays to trams on the new Luas lines by banning cars from Eden Quay.

But following objections from the operators of the National Convention Centre, the 3 Arena, and other businesses and car users, a revised compromise plan is proposed by the council’s head of technical services, Brendan O’Brien.

The revised plan will allow a single lane of general traffic to travel from Bachelors Walk to Eden Quay and onwards towards Dublin Port.

And plans to divert traffic from parts of the quays into Stoneybatter and Smithfield, to facilitate a new Liffey Cycleway, have also been abandoned. Instead, a new boardwalk for bicycles will be built along the Liffey at Arran Quay and Ellis Quay so that cars do not have to be diverted off the quays.

The new revised plan will be presented to the council’s transport committee next Wednesday.

Transport Committee chairman Ciaran Cuffe said he was pleased with the compromise about building a boardwalk cycleway to prevent diversions off the quays.

“But I’m worried that trams and buses will end up stuck behind cars on Ellis Quay after we have spend €360m of taxpayers’ money joining up the two Luas lines.

“I’m really worried the trams will end up stuck in traffic.

“I’m worried the parking lobby has got its way,” he said.

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