Lower Liffey Street set for pedestrianisation following councillor vote

by Rachel Darcy

Lower Liffey Street is set to be pedestrianised after councillors voted for the move in the first council meeting of the term last Monday.

A protest had been held in support of pedestrianising the street last Saturday, claiming that over 30,000 pedestrians use the street per day, located beside the Ha’penny Bridge. In comparison, it is believed only 1,000 cars use the road daily.

The agreement was made unanimously by councillors at last Monday’s Dublin City Council meeting.

Earlier this year, DCC created plans for a new plaza on the northside, following the refusal by An Bord Pleanála of the College Green plaza. For the Lower Liffey Street plaza, DCC will use their own planning powers, rather than submitting plans to An Bord Pleanala.

Under the proposal, the section of the street from the Quays to it’s junction with Great Strand Street will be made car-free, with the council aiming to produce more detailed designs for the pedestrianisation of the street.

These pedestrian-friendly designs will then come before the council in early 2020, and are expected to include benches, trees, bicycle stands and more.

Traffic will turn right from Lower Liffey Street onto Great Strand Street towards Jervis Street and Capel Street under the new plans.

There had been opposition to the pedestrianisation of the street by local car park owners, with the Dublin City Traders’ Alliance submitting their opposition to the council.

Originally established to oppose the plans for College Green, the alliance said the development ‘would result in a significant impact upon traffic movement in the city’ and that a traffic study would be required for the city prior to the pedestrianisation of Lower Liffey Street.

Representatives of Arnotts and the Ilac Shopping Centre also said that the plans would cause traffic congestion in the area.

Other businesses in the area, including Nourish Health Stores and The Winding Stair, submitted their support for the pedestrianisation to DCC, with The Winding Stair saying it would ‘benefit retail operations throughout the area’.

Work is expected to begin on the developments in the coming months.

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