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The start of it? New draft plan would see cars completely banned from parts of Dublin city

A new draft transport plan for Dublin city centre has been published which, if implemented, will ban cars from new areas and open up significant road space for pedestrians, public transport and cyclists, reports RTE.

The proposals include diverting traffic from Parliament Street, while traffic will be diverted from College Green and Dame Street to the junction east of George Street.

A new square for Custom House Quay or Beresford Place is also being considered.

It says parts of Bachelor’s Walk and Aston Quay North and South Quay could be re-used for public transport, pedestrians and cyclists.

It is also proposed that new traffic arrangements will be introduced on Westland Row, allowing left turns onto Pearse Street only for public transport and cyclists, reports RTE.

A new right-hand turn will be introduced for general traffic at this junction and the section of Pearse Street from Westland Row to Sandwith Street will be two-way.

It stated that Westland Row would no longer be a route to Pearse Street, but would instead allow access to Samuel Beckett Bridge.

All this space will enable relocation to Pearce Street, Tara Street, Beresford Place and Gardiner Street.

Overall, the draft Dublin City Center Transport Plan 2023, developed by Dublin City Council in partnership with the National Transport Authority (NTA), plans to transform the city centre into a low-traffic environment.

The council and NTA said two of the three vehicles will be diverted from centres with no final destination.

If implemented, traffic management measures will be adopted to prioritize pedestrians, buses, luaus and bicycles, reports RTE.

The plans also aim to ensure that existing and planned public transport in the city centre area can operate with minimum delays and adequate space.

Draft proposals are being developed within the objectives of the Dublin City Development Plan 2022-2028.

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