82% Public Support to Reduce Car Traffic in Dublin City Center


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The recently concluded public consultation on Dublin City Centre’s Transport Plan has revealed significant support for measures to reduce car traffic. The public strongly supports plans to reallocate road space in Dublin city center from private cars to buses, cyclists, and pedestrians, as reported for presentation to city councilors this week.

With more than 80-82 % of respondents expressing their approval, some critical initiatives slated for implementation this year include bus gates on Bachelor Walk and Aston Quay. The plan by Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority (NTA) aims to prohibit cars in parts of the north and south quays near O’Connell Bridge, establish a traffic-free Parliament Street, and suggest the creation of civic plazas at the Custom House and near the back entrance to Trinity College at Lincoln Place.

Citizens Playing a Notable Role

The proposal, open for public input last fall, intends to eliminate through traffic in the city, primarily targeting two-thirds of motorists passing through without stopping. While it won’t prevent access to the city center, the plan aims to limit the routes available for driving across the city.

Notably, despite opposition from large businesses, particularly those with a stake in car parks and those that have opposed previous changes like the College Green bus gate, most councilors still need to decide regarding their stance. Other aspects of the plan include:

– A more substantial rollout of the Liffey Cycle Route.

– Priority measures for buses around Pearse Street.

– Additional non-transport-related street space.

Measures to make Parliament Street a traffic-free area are supposed to start in 2025. The consultation report acknowledges concerns from people with disabilities and businesses while emphasizing the majority’s support for the proposed measures. The public believed that reducing road space for private vehicles in the central city would enhance public transport efficiency. Furthermore, 84% endorsed the idea of high-quality cycling facilities, and 91% supported high-quality pedestrian facilities in the city center.

The extensive media coverage garnered by the draft plan is estimated to have reached approximately 1.4 million people through radio, TV, newspaper, and online channels.

Diageo Frowns on the Decision

While most Dublin residents support the proposed changes, companies like Diageo raise logistical concerns. The plan’s potential impact on extensive vehicle access to crucial areas like Dublin Port is under examination, leading the Dublin City Council to engage in direct discussions to explore practical solutions.

Plan Highlights and Accessibility Commitments

The Dublin City Centre Transport Plan introduces notable changes, including car bans on segments of the north and south quays and the establishment of traffic-free zones. The primary goal is to reduce traffic, and the council emphasizes that access to the city will be retained, though some route adjustments may occur.

Accessibility concerns, particularly for individuals with disabilities, have been considered in the plan. The council assures that the quantity of accessible parking spaces will not diminish and any required relocations will be as close as possible to their current positions, prioritizing inclusivity in the city’s development.

Public support for reducing cars in Dublin city is evident in the ongoing consultation. The city council aims to balance the need for a pedestrian-friendly, eco-conscious city with businesses’ operational needs and accessibility for all residents. Dublin’s city center is heading towards a transformation in line with global trends favoring sustainable urban living.

The Dublin City transport committee’s comprehensive consultation outcomes will be unveiled online before the meeting.

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