Friday 18 January 2019

Southbound taxis to be banned from College Green during peak hours

Traffic queues at congested Dublin’s College Green
Traffic queues at congested Dublin’s College Green
College Green traffic management

Sasha Brady

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has today announced plans to ban taxis driving southbound from College Green during morning peak-time hours.

During the hours of 7am and 10am taxis will be banned from driving southbound through College Green.

However, there will be no restrictions on movement between College Street towards Westmoreland Street.

On the restrictions, the NTA says: "Reducing taxi movements will ease congestion and relieve pressure by freeing up space for the other public transport modes."

To compensate the measure, the NTA said that taxis will now be allowed to travel northbound along the Luas alignment from Dawson Street to Westmoreland Street during 12 midnight to 6am.

"This will facilitate taxis to operate in a part of the city centre where there are high volumes of night time activity thanks to pubs, restaurants and night clubs in the area," the NTA said in a statement.

College Green traffic management
College Green traffic management

It is estimated that 150 taxis per hour move southbound through College Green during morning peak hours.

A total of 17 bus routes have also been diverted away from College Green due to traffic jams since the introduction of the Luas Cross City.

Another 10 will be rerouted from March 5.

The restrictions have been put in place to alleviate congestion around College Green.

Traffic around the area is particularly affecting the Luas Cross City's scheduled services. The new Luas is currently only able to achieve 22 services per hour at peak times instead of a planned 40 services per hour.

The Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport was told this month that at the busiest part of the day, between 9am and 10am, it takes 23 minutes on average for a bus going north to south to navigate College Green.

Before the Luas Cross City lines came into operation it took about 10 minutes.

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