Car park owners slam 'ideological agenda' behind quays traffic plan
Dublin City Council is facing strong opposition to plans to restrict private cars from travelling along sections of the quays.
The Irish Parking Association (IPA) has become the latest critic to voice serious concerns about the proposal.
In preparation for Luas Cross City, the council has indicated two private vehicle lanes and one bus lane will be swapped for two bus lanes and one for private vehicles, along Ormond Quay and Bachelors Walk.
Private vehicles travelling along those quays would not be allowed to turn right on to O'Connell Bridge or carry on straight to Eden Quay.
The IPA has added its opposition to the plan and issued a strongly worded statement in which it said the idea did not "stem from any logical idea" to address traffic problems.
It added: "But rather [the plans] are part of an ideological agenda of the council's executive."
The organisation, which represents private car park owners and operators, warned the quays are a "critical means of access" to visitors from the west of the country. It said the plan would cut off access to areas such as the IFSC, the Convention Centre, the Point and the Grand Canal Theatre.
The statement added: "The planned changes are totally biased towards the promotion of public transport modes of travel to the complete exclusion of motorists.
"And it will therefore have a detrimental effect on the needs of the elderly and people with reduced mobility who are totally dependent on this form of transport to access and traverse the city."
Councillors have already hit out at the proposal with both Mannix Flynn and Dermot Lacey voicing opposition.
Both voiced anger over the council's intention that the proposal will bypass a full vote.
"These people are just saying our way or the highway," said Mr Flynn.
"It's totally unacceptable. We're elected to represent the people of the city on all aspects, including transport and traffic."
A statement from the council said it would not comment on the criticism while the consultation phase, which begins today, was under way.