DCC Publish New Transport Study Proposals

A public consultation is to be launched tomorrow on Dublin City Council's (DCC) new transport study, which lays out a number of proposals to "enhance overall movement in the city".

DCC said that traffic congestion in the city is "already rising" and morning-peak journeys are estimated to rise by more than 40,000 by 2023.

The council said that "plans need to be put in place now to meet the Development Plan targets and to ensure that the capital city continues to function efficiently into the future".

Measures proposed in the Study work together to form a cohesive plan.

They include:

• A rebalancing of road space and junction capacity to enable increased public transport provision

• The introduction of the high-capacity Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system

• Increasing the frequency and capacity of the DART

• Running new rail passenger services between Kildare and the Grand Canal Dock area through the Phoenix Park Tunnel

• Enhancing interchange opportunities between modes at key points across the city

• Developing a high-quality cycle network in the City Centre

• Improving pedestrians' experiences with wider footpaths and crossing priority at key junctions

• Reorganising city centre space for taxis and for coach-parking.

Specifically, the study proposes extending the current 'bus gate' at College Green to exclude cars, vans and taxis on a 24-hour basis, restricting the street permanently to Luas, buses, cyclists and pedestrians and developing a much-enhanced civic space in front of Trinity College.

Owen Keegan, Dublin City Council Chief Executive, said: "Dublin City Council and the NTA are making these proposals because we cannot meet the expected growth in commuter traffic over the next decade through more car journeys.

"The city centre can only continue to function effectively if we offer those working and living in Dublin, as well as visitors, more choices in how they access and move around the capital. The proposals would also provide a better living and working environment for business, residents and visitors."

A public consultation on the proposals launches on Thursday 11 June, and the public can respond online here.


Related Irish News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

17 April 2012
Thomas Street Regeneration Proposals Launched
Regeneration proposals for historic Thomas Street in the centre of Dublin's Liberties have been put forward in a new study by Dublin Civic Trust, being launched on Tuesday 17th May 2012 by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Andrew Montague, in the National College of Art and Design in the centre of Thomas Street.
30 November 2012
Dublin City Centre Offers Christmas On-Street Parking Saving
Motorists can make Christmas savings this December thanks to Dublin City Council’s Christmas Parking Promotion. Anyone can park in on-street car parking spaces for €1 per hour every Saturday and Sunday in December in Dublin city centre’s core trading area. This comprises over 800 on-street parking spaces.
10 February 2010
Gov Accuses Labour Of 'Disarray' Over Speed Limit
The Government has criticised the Labour Party, calling it a "shambles" over a reversal on their policy on the Dublin City speed limit controversy. Fianna Fail TD, Chris Andrews accused the Labour Party of "disarray" within its ranks over the controversial 30kph speed limit imposed by Labour councillors in Dublin city centre.
03 August 2007
Dublin City Set For Reduced Speed Limit
Dublin City Council has announced that they are to reduce the speed limit for motorists within the city centre area to 30km/h. The 30km/h limit will be introduced to key areas in the capital including Westmoreland Street, Dame Street, D’Olier Street, the north and south quays and other streets in the city centre.
21 July 2009
Dublin Car Ban Warning Issued
A long-awaited ban on cars in one of Dublin's busiest streets during rush hour is being anticipated today. Drivers have been warned to plan ahead to avoid predicted traffic chaos when private cars are re-routed away from College Green from next Monday.