New traffic plans will cut off access to entertainment venues in capital
Traffic plans from Dublin City Council will cut off access to parts of the IFSC, Point Village, 3Arena and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre to thousands of visitors from the west.
Major changes expected to take effect before Luas Cross City begins running next November will include the closure of Eden Quay to private cars, forcing motorists to undertake a diversion from O'Connell Bridge of some 2.7km before returning to the quays.
The city council wants the restrictions to be introduced to allow public transport to move freely through the city, to create a civic space at College Green and to facilitate development of the Liffey Cycle Route from Heuston Station to the Point Depot.
Some city traders and car park owners are opposed to the plans, saying they will reduce the number of shoppers in the city and impact on business.
Green Party councillor Ciarán Cuffe, who chairs the council's transport committee, said the proposals would be considered at its meeting on May 3.
He told Newstalk Radio there were benefits in introducing the traffic restrictions, adding that motorists would have to plan their trips more carefully.
"Those driving by car will have to think more carefully," he said. "Whenever anybody uses the term anti-motorist, I take that to mean anti-public transport user. There's limited road space in the city, and we can give that over to cars or public transport. The balance is important."