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Traffic-free pedestrian trial for College Green


College Green

College Green

College Green

PARTS of College Green may be transformed into a pedestrian plaza under a plan put forward by Dublin City Council architects.

Traffic would be removed from the front of the 18th cenury Bank of Ireland building under the proposals.

Cars are already banned from the area at certain times of the day, and the plan is being considered for when the cross-city Luas works in the area are completed.

"It's likely that traffic will have to be taken out of College Green at some stage during the construction of the Luas tracks, and we should carefully consider what we put back in," said Killian Skay, the council's senior executive architect.


The road layout with a space cordoned off for pedestrians will be tried out over a number of Sundays in the new year.

"Anything we do will be reversible and allow us to figure out the best arrangement," said Mr Skay.

The proposed changes would see northbound traffic in Dame Street diverted before it gets to the bank and southbound traffic reduced to one lane.

Traffic is already restricted at the junction, with a ban on private cars between 7am and 10am and 4pm and 7pm.

Earlier this year the Herald revealed how hundreds of motorists are ignoring the restrictions, leading to gardai stepping up their presence.

More than 300 drivers were caught trying to breach the ban during the first half of the year, when 16 vehicles were seized by gardai in the area for offences relating to tax, insurance and NCT.