Cautious welcome for DDC traffic plan by Dublin Chamber – “Plan could be transformative for the city!”

by Rose Barrett
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Dublin Chamber has cautiously welcomed the new pedestrianisation and traffic management plans outlined by Dublin City Council in their draft transport plan for the city centre albeit supplies and deliveries to large businesses in the heart of the city must be better considered, along with facilitation of elderly or infirm drivers.

The Chamber feels DCC’s ambitious traffic project is broadly consistent with the Chamber’s own business priorities for Dublin city, to see it deliver a world class centre where people can live, work, socialise and run a business.

Dublin City Council stated “The overall transport vision in this plan is for a low traffic city centre with public transport, walking and cycling being prioritised. It draws lessons from the response to the Covid pandemic whereby low traffic volumes allowed very ambitious changes to be undertaken in areas such as Capel Street, Nassau Street and along the North and South Quays.

“The traffic management changes envisaged as part of this plan aim to significantly reduce volumes of car traffic in the city centre, opening up space for the sustainable modes, and significantly improving the public realm by allowing greening and the development of new public spaces for residents, workers and visitors to the city centre.”

Speaking on the draft plan, Aebhric McGibney, Director of Public and International Affairs said “Dublin Chamber have been consistent supporters of infrastructure projects that continue to ensure that Dublin is a place where people and businesses thrive. Large scale projects such as those contained in the Dublin City Centre Traffic Plan can provide attractive public spaces where people live and engage in the city in a positive way. 

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“These spaces can be used for cultural activities, focal points for tourism and areas where Dubliners can stop and enjoy their city. Our advocacy for pedestrian-friendly initiatives over the years, including our push for a 15-minute city model, support for major infrastructure projects like the Luas expansion, the Greater Dublin Area Cycling Plan, and the Busconnects Core Bus Corridors, amongst many other initiatives, showcases our dedication over the years to actualise the Chamber’s vision for a city where commerce, community, and culture thrive in harmoniously designed public spaces”.

Mr McGibney continued, “Effective urban design to enable the potential of these plans is crucial. We believe this involves creating spaces with ample street furniture, segregated lanes for buses and cycles, and proper lighting. Ensuring safety through thoughtful design, visible policing, and active community presence is essential for maintaining the vibrancy of our city.”

“While we have stated that we support the plan there needs to be a balanced permeability to allow deliveries to be made to retail stores such as is the case on Grafton Street and Henry St, there also needs to be collaboration with other agencies that are undertaking large infrastructure projects in the city such as Eirgrid and Irish water to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum.”

Mr McGibney concluded, “If implemented with the correct mix of active travel lanes, high frequency segregated bus corridors, and sufficient car parking spaces for elderly or infirm users who need cars to enter the city core, this draft plan can be transformative for all who use the City”.

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