Major changes proposed for Dublin city centre motorists

Big changes may be on the way for Dublin city traffic
Big changes may be on the way for Dublin city traffic

A new traffic plan for Dublin city centre unveiled by National Transport Authority (NTA) and Dublin City Council would see cars banned from College Green and some sections of the Quays.

The Dublin City Centre Transport Study would see a major change for Dublin motorists, especially those who travel across the city.

The biggest change would be at College Green where the Bus Gate would be made operational 24 hours a day.

Currently it only operates in the morning and evening rush hour, Monday to Friday.

Not only would it now become a permanent no-go area for private motorists, taxis would also be banned, leaving just buses and bicycles permissable to use that very busy stretch of road. It would leave room for a civic space to be created in College Green.

Suffolk Street and St Stephen's Green North are to be pedestrianised while private cars are to be banned from Bachelor's Walk and George's Quay.

A new central median would be built on D'Olier Street to create more bus stops and only buses, bikes and local access will be allowed.

Other parts of the plan would see a new multi-story car park at Heuston, extra parking for coaches and buses in the city centre to free up the likes of Mountjoy and Merrion Square and a walkway over the street to connect Connolly Station and Busarus.

The consultation process begins today and anyone who wishes to contribute can click on this link to have their say until July 16.