Dublin City Council has begun work on pedestrianising a number of streets in the city centre to facilitate outdoor dining, writes Amy Rohu.
The decision to carry out the works was made following successful weekend pedestrianisation trials that took place over six weekends during the months of July and August last year.
An online survey conducted by Dublin City Council into the trials received 1,588 responses, with 95 per cent of respondents in favour of permanently pedestrianising the streets.
The plans for pedestrianising were also issued for consultation in November 2020 and 97 per cent of respondents were in favour.
Originally scheduled to be introduced in January 2021, the plans were put on hold when Level 5 restrictions were introduced.
With the recent easing of restrictions and with the resumption of all construction activity, the City Council can now undertake the works to put the pedestrianisation plans in place.
Work began last week and will continue for several weeks as part of the wider programme being led by the Office of City Recovery.
From Monday May 24 the following four streets will be either traffic-free, or have sections of them traffic-free daily after 11am: Anne Street South, South William Street from Exchequer Street to the Brown Thomas car park exit, Drury Street just after the Fade Street junction and Dame Court from Exchequer Street.
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