COMMUTERS can expect long delays travelling home from work today because of the massive security operation for the visit of Queen Elizabeth.
The AA warned last night that motorists in Dublin should plan to leave work later than normal because the north and south quays and bridges across the River Liffey will be closed for much of the day until at least 5pm. And people should use public transport where possible and leave the car at home, advised public transport minister Alan Kelly. While there will be disruptions to bus and Luas services today and for the rest of the week, services will run.
"There will be considerable restrictions on traffic movements and on street parking in the coming days, and as a result I want to encourage the public to utilise public transport as much as possible over the next week," Mr Kelly said.
"Despite the restrictions, trains and buses will operate to normal schedules with some minor alterations to bus routes in Dublin and Cork where streets have been closed.
"People working or shopping in Dublin should consider using the bus, Luas, DART and rail services over the coming days.
"Equally, people travelling to Dublin should avail of mainline rail and bus services."
The first impacts of the traffic restrictions in the capital will be felt today.
"We don't anticipate any problems in the morning, but we are concerned there is potential for long delays in the afternoon," said Nicola Hudson from AA Roadwatch.
"The north and south quays are closed between 11.30am and 5pm, and all the bridges. Between midday and 5pm, people should be aware they will most likely come across major road closures around Dame Street, Trinity College and inbound from Lucan.
Bus Eireann has some disruption to services as O'Connell Street and Parnell Street will be closed all day.
Routes 101, 103, 105, 107, 109 and 111 will operate via Gardiner Street to Busaras/Beresford Place, with routes that normally operate to/from Wilton Terrace, Kildare St, Stephen's Green and Ballsbridge will operate to/from Busaras only.
Routes 4, 7, 8, 12, 20, 22, 23, 115, 120, 121, 126 and 130 will operate via the M50, Port Tunnel to and from Busaras. Route 100X will terminate at Georges Quay.
More than 80 Dublin Bus services are affected, with restrictions expected between 9.30am and 9.30pm. Train services will not be affected.