Dublin: All non-public vehicles could be banned from more areas of the city centre. A new draft transport plan has been published, detailing a proposal that, if implemented, would ban cars in various parts of the city and introduce a travel system that prioritises pedestrians, public transport, and cyclists.
The draft proposals were released as part of the 2022–2028 objectives of the Dublin City Development Plan.
Current proposals include banning car traffic along Parliament Street, while traffic from College Green and Dame Street will be diverted from George Street.
It also said the north and south sections of Bachelor’s Walk and Aston Quay could be redeveloped for public transport, pedestrians, and cyclists only.
New traffic regulations for Westland Row have also been suggested, with only public transit and bicycles permitted to turn into Pearce Street from here.
At this intersection, a new right turn for public traffic will be added, and Pearse Street from Westland Row to Sandwith Street will become two-way.
Westland Row will no longer lead to Pearse Street but will instead lead to Samuel Beckett Bridge.
Pearce Street, Tara Street, Beresford Place, and Gardiner Street will be allowed to be rezoned. Overall, the Dublin City Centre Transport Plan 2023, developed in collaboration with the National Transport Authority (NTA), envisions transforming the city centre into a less traffic-friendly environment.
Once the plan is put in place, traffic management measures will be put in place to prioritise pedestrians, buses, luas, and bicycles.
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