Dublin transport plan 'will lead to much longer journeys'

Dublin transport plan 'will lead to much longer journeys'

Proposed curtailments to driving in Dublin will cause significant delays for motorists in the city, it was claimed today.

The recently published transport study

is proposing bans on cars in certain areas, and extra pedestrian streets.

Ray Hernan, CEO of Arnotts and chairperson of DublinTown, which represents over 2,500 businesses in the city, said that drivers in the city centre will face much longer journeys if the planned changes are brought in.

"You've got… the general Grafton Street area but also the general Henry Street area - access to both of those areas is going to be severely restricted based on these proposals," he said.

"So while they're planning to close access to seven streets, the knock-on impact of that is - for example - there will be no private car access to O'Connell Street; and that the alternative routes that they're proposing to get into other areas of the city are going to be much longer in duration."

Keith Gavin, president of the Irish Parking Association, says the transport plan in its current form could have a drastic effect on city centre business.

"Car-based shoppers account for a higher average spend for visit then those using other transport modes - up to 40% more per person than those coming in by other means," he said.

"We also found that three in five who had travelled in by car said the would be unlikely to do so if the proposed restrictions were put in place.

"The potential impact on retail spend in Dublin city centre was 25% decline in spend from car-based users."

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