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Sunday 21 January 2018

Dublin city centre plans: pedestrians and cyclists to benefit most

College Green
College Green
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

DUBLIN is set to become a friendlier place for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users under extensive reorganisation plans by the National Transport Authority (NTA).

College Green’s southern end is set to become a public plaza under the new scheme.

Some streets that currently allow traffic will be made pedestrian only while cyclists will be given defined routes through the city away from other road users under the proposal.

Other routes that are currently only open to one-way traffic will become part of a two-way traffic system.

According to the NTA’s draft City Centre Transport Assessment Study, D’Olier Street would become two-way as would Beresford Place, while general car traffic would be removed from Westmoreland Street.

Christchurch Place has been identified as a “pedestrian friendly” space which would involve reducing traffic to one-lane only each direction.

The reconfiguration of the area would also mean that Westland Row would become a corridor for public transport only.

There was also good news for cyclists in the draft plan which, for the first time, proposes a centre cycle network.

It would mean that cyclists would have defined routes across the city, with “minimal conflict” with other road users.

The plan was drawn up in June of this year and has been based on a need to actively discourage traffic through the city centre area.

As part of plans to make it more accommodating to pedestrians, planners have even suggested changing traffic light timers so that people would have to wait no longer than 45 seconds to cross the road.

The NTA has also been considering linking Blanchardstown with UCD Belfield and Clongriffin with Tallaght with two cross-city bus rapid transit routes.

“There is a clear rationale to try and provide for the movement of vehicular traffic away from the central areas by providing an orbital route, with 15 ‘gateways, providing access,” the study found.

It said that the route would follow the North Circular Road and South Circular Road, linked on by the Samuel Beckett Bridge and Clanbrassil Street, Patrick Street, High Street and Church Street.

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