One-way system for Blackrock

by Gazette Reporter

BLACKROCK village is about to become one-way under temporary Covid-19 measures implemented by the council.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council says it plans to restrict vehicular access from next Wednesday May 27 to allow extra space for pedestrians and cyclists.

Plans for a range of temporary measures across Dublin are also due to be unveiled in the next two weeks.

Cathaoirleach of the council, Shay Brennan, said the reaction so far has been positive.

He revealed: “The plan is being drawn up at the moment but it’s envisaged that it will become a one-way system to car traffic and a two-way system for cyclists.

“There will be general measures put in place to encourage further pedestrianisation of the area.”

The council is working on the scheme – which will not disrupt public transport – with the support of the Blackrock Business Network.

Dublin Cycling Campaign’s Oisin O’Connor said he hopes the extra space for pedestrians and cyclists will be replicated elsewhere across the city.

He said: “There’s villages like Dundrum village and Dalkey in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown alone that could benefit from something like this.

“Really it comes down to local people getting in touch with their councillors to say that they support this.

“For businesses as well it’s a win-win.”

Meanwhile in Malahide New Street will be temporarily closed to traffic under plans by Fingal County Council to facilitate social distancing.

The route is one of eight locations identified across Fingal which will be pedestrianised with the exception of access for deliveries and emergency services.

Parking will also be temporarily removed from the northern side of Main Street in Malahide, from The Diamond to the junction with Townyard Lane.

Malahide Forum says it will ask the council to facilitate social distancing at the marina, where hoarding at the village green has reduced space, and on the northern side of Main Street.

The forum said: “The proposed temporary changes will pose challenges for retailers in the village. As a community, we can help by shopping local at every opportunity.”

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