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This comes ahead of Dublin City Council’s plan to pedestrianise a number of streets in the city from Monday 24th May to facilitate outdoor dining

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South William Street. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

South William Street. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

South William Street. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Having pedestrian-only streets in Dublin city centre will “give the place a good buzz,” a business owner has said.

This comes ahead of Dublin City Council’s plan to pedestrianise a number of streets in the city from Monday 24th May to facilitate outdoor dining.

Four streets will be either entirely or partly traffic free daily from 11am this Monday, including Anne Street South from the junction of Dawson Street and South William Street from Exchequer Street to the Brown Thomas carpark exit.

Also on the list are Drury Street from Fade Street to the Drury Street underground carpark and Dame Court from Exchequer Street.

Brian O’Reilly, Manager of Lemon Crepe & Coffee Co. on South William Street, said that he is hopeful that the new initiative will make the popular street a “nice little spot.”

“From the 7th June, we’ll open outdoor seating as usual and hopefully figure out spacing. All the businesses on each side of the road, we’ve measured up spaces. We’re excited,” he told sundayworld.com.

“Because the street will be for pedestrians walking, we’ll obviously have more tables and furniture outside.

“It’s great and will give the place a good buzz. It could be a nice little spot.”

Dublin City Council has stated that traffic management will take place on these streets as people adapt to the changes.

The decision to pedestrianise some of Dublin’s locations was made following successful trials that took place over six weekends during the months of July and August 2020.

An online survey conducted by Dublin City Council into the trials received 1,588 responses, with 95pc of respondents in favour of permanently pedestrianising the streets.

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The council is working on plans to increase pedestrian space in other areas of the city and has confirmed that an initiative is in place to make part of Capel Street traffic-free following a consultation with the public, which showed that 85pc of respondents were in favour of opening up the street.

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