Tuesday 20 March 2018

Major restrictions on traffic in Dublin come into force on Sunday

Dublin City Council new permanent road layout
Dublin City Council new permanent road layout
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Paul Melia

Paul Melia

MOTORISTS will be banned from taking a right-hand turn across O’Connell Bridge from Bachelors Walk from next Sunday.

Dublin City Council has confirmed that new arrangements across the north and south quays will take effect from August 20, which will give priority to public transport, taxis and bicycles.

Lanes for general traffic will reduce to one lane from Upper Ormond Quay to Eden Quay on the northside, and from the Rosie Hackett Bridge to Wellington Quay on the southside. An additional bus lane will be provided.

New bus priority traffic signals on Bachelors Walk, some 100 metres before O’Connell Bridge, will control traffic flows and give priority to public transport.

The city council said the changes were being introduced to reduce delays experienced by public transport users, and ensure that Luas Cross City is subject to minimal delays.

Head of technical services, Brendan O’Brien, said the changes would help minimise delays and allow freer movement of public transport across the city as the number of commuters rises.

“The additional bus lanes will alleviate the difficulties faced by public transport on the quays, where the worst delays for buses in the city are experienced,” he said. “At the peak morning time of 8am to 9am, over 7,000 people travel along the north quays on buses. This compares to round 500 cars and the same number of cyclists.”

The council hopes the permanent traffic changes will lead to an increase in the amount of people using public transport, while still allowing access to the quays for general traffic.

Donal Keating, Head of Operations, Dublin Bus said: “Dublin Bus welcomes Dublin City Council’s and the National Transport Authority’s new traffic arrangements on the north and south quays.

“The additional bus priority is important for public transport and highlights the importance of buses in tackling congestion in the city centre. We carry 400,000 customers per day and these new traffic arrangements will ease traffic difficulties on the quays and help our customers avoid potential delays to their journeys.”

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