Saturday 24 March 2018

Plan to ban cars from Eden Quay abandoned

Eden Quay in Dublin Photo: Douglas O'Connor
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A proposed ban on private cars from Dublin's Eden Quay is to be abandoned under a revised City Council traffic plan.

An earlier plan had aimed to prevent delays to trams on the new Luas lines by banning cars from Eden Quay.

But following objections from the operators of the National Convention Centre, the 3 Arena, and other businesses and car users, a revised compromise plan is proposed. The revised plan will allow a single lane of general traffic to travel from Bachelors Walk to Eden Quay and towards Dublin Port.

And plans to divert traffic from parts of the quays into Stoneybatter and Smithfield, to facilitate a new Liffey cycleway, have also been abandoned. Instead, a new boardwalk for bicycles will be built along the Liffey at Arran Quay and Ellis Quay so that cars do not have to be diverted off the quays.

The new plan will be presented to the council's transport committee next Wednesday.

Transport Committee chairman Ciaran Cuffe said he was pleased with the plan for a boardwalk cycleway to prevent diversions off the quays. But added he was worried the parking lobby "has got its way".

Irish Independent

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