College Green pedestrianisation trial to take place this Summer

by Rachel Darcy

A trial pedestrianisation of College Green is to take place across three different days this Summer, following a proposal put forward by Dublin Chamber last year.

There have been talks of pedestrianising the plaza previously, with planning permission lodged with An Bord Pleanala to eradicate traffic from the area in front of Trinity College.

The idea was originally discussed in 2016, seeking to ban all traffic from the area and rerouted through other parts of the city. However, permission for the scheme was rejected by An Bord Pleanala last year, with the planning authority citing that there were several safety and traffic points to consider.

In their decision, ABP said that “the proposed development would give rise to significant adverse impacts on pedestrians and on bus transport within the city centre and would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area”.

Now, it has been announced that a trial pedestrianisation of College Green will take place across three days this Summer – Sunday 21 July, Sunday 28 July and Sunday 4 August.

Dublin City Council announced the trial earlier this year, with the dates being confirmed late last week.

Commenting on the project, Dublin Chamber have said that they are pleased to see their idea brought to life.

In a statement, Dublin Chamber said: “[College Green] will be fully traffic free on Sunday 21 July, Sunday 28 July and Sunday 4 August.

“The idea of trialing College Green Plaza was put forward by Dublin Chamber late last year. We’re pleased to see the idea being brought to life.

[It] will provide a great chance for Dubliners to get in and experience what a full plaza will be like. Exciting for the city!”

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