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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Traffic to be banned from one side of College Green in Dublin

Bank of Ireland HQ on College Green, Dublin.
Bank of Ireland HQ on College Green, Dublin.

A PROPOSAL which would see traffic reduced to two lanes around Dublin’s College Green will be trialled next year.

The proposals are aimed at making the area more friendly to pedestrians, according to details revealed in the Irish Times.

The council wants to restore the area to a ‘pedestrian friendly civic space’, however it will not fully pedestrianise it, for fear of the effect on city centre traffic and Luas Cross City line.

The proposals will see an enlarged pedestrian area in front of the Bank of Ireland, and a two way traffic system introduced in front of Trinity College.

Northbound traffic from Dame Street will be diverted before reaching the bank and continuing up Westmoreland Street.

It is believed that the system will be trialled on Sundays, to have the least effect on commuters.

A Bus Gate already operates in the area, which restricts access during rush hour to buses and other public transport.

The Council is taking advantage of the Luas Cross City works – which will already see traffic restrictions in the area – to test the new measures.

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