Dublin business to engage in-depth on traffic plan

by Gazette Reporter
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Dublin city centre business lobby group, Dublin Town, is to begin an in-depth consultation process with its 2,500 members regarding the City Council’s Draft Traffic Plan.

It says is will also be taking onboard the views of its members’ customers as part of its submission to the City Council’s public consultation on the radical plan, which proposes a ban on cars in several areas.

Under the City Council and National Transport Authority plan, from next year sections of the North and South Quays at Bachelor’s Walk and Aston Quay would be reallocated for walking and cycling.

New traffic arrangements are proposed along Westland Row, allowing for further space for walkers and cyclists on Pearse Street, Tara Street, Beresford Place and Gardiner Street.

Traffic would be removed from Parliament Street entirely and a plaza constructed at either Custom House Quay or Beresford Place.

A 30km/h speed limit would be introduced along all roads in the centre of the capital, and an exploration of alternative uses of road space at night and weekends commenced.

Dublin Town, the collective voice of businesses in Dublin city centre, said its wide-ranging, in-depth consultation process would begin shortly.

Its CEO, Richard Guiney, says a reduction of vehicle movement in Dublin city centre requires drivers opting for alternative modes of transport. 

Otherwise, traffic is merely diverted.

“While there must be a radical reduction of vehicle movement to achieve the target reduction in transport emissions, this will not happen if car drivers do not opt for alternatives.

“Otherwise, cars are merely redirected from the city centre.

“We will examine the proposals carefully, in consultation with our members and their customers.

“There is a huge level of detail which needs to be carefully examined and the practical implications thought through.

“While there are very attractive elements, we require more detail to assess some of the practical issues arising and potential solutions.

“The business community, which does so much to enhance and promote the city centre, will need detailed workshops.

“These should enable a deep dive into the detail of issues such as deliveries into and out of the city, waste disposal and collection, and taxi access to hotels.

“These need to be better understood and the concerns arising addressed,” he said.

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