Journey times improve, but business body not happy with figures
Bus journey times along Dublin's north and south quays have dropped by some four minutes since traffic changes were introduced earlier this month.
The National Transport Authority (NTA) says that times on the north quays have fallen by 3.5 minutes (37pc) between 8am and 9am, and by 45pc, or 4.5 minutes, between 9am and 10am, compared with the previous year.
In the evening peak between Aston Quay and Essex Quay on the northside, buses are travelling 2.5 minutes faster. There are "equally significant reductions" of between 20pc and 25pc during other hours, it said.
The changes include a ban on private cars taking a right-hand turn onto O'Connell Bridge, and were brought into force to accommodate Luas Cross City, which opens later this year.
They are also designed to improve commuting times for thousands of bus passengers, who outnumber those using the private car by 10 to one.
But the Dublin Chamber of Commerce has rejected the figures, saying they fail to analyse the impact the changes are having on the entire city.
The chamber, which represents 1,300 businesses, said the findings were "at odds" with feedback from business, commuters and shoppers who complain of longer journey times, with impacts on deliveries.
It says the improvements highlighted by the NTA "failed to show" the impact the changes are having on the wider city.
It said some 63pc of businesses reported longer commutes, with just 2pc of commuters saying their trip was quicker. One-third said there was no change.
Meanwhile, the 57km M17/M18 Gort to Tuam motorway will be officially opened today. The €550m scheme is designed to reduce bottlenecks at Tuam, Claregalway, Oranmore, Clarinbridge, Kilcolgan and Gort in Galway.