Dublin City Council to ban cars along the Liffey
New proposed car ban on the Liffey
Dublin City Council are under pressure by local communities in the inner city not to bring in a ban on cars along parts of the Liffey.
The council is proposing a car and truck ban along the quays in order to facilitate a continuous cycle path from Heuston Station to Dublin Docklands.
They are planning to engage with the public early next year in consultation on the proposed plans but members of the inner City communities are concerned that the traffic will have to be diverted through their residential areas.
Although public consultations have not yet started, Dublin City Council is already coming under a lot of pressure from local residents and schools in the north inner city to drop the plan.
The proposal is to permanently ban private cars and lorries from Ellis and Arran Quays on the north side of the Liffey and divert all this traffic for 1.5km through the residential streets of Stoneybatter and Smithfield.
Along the north quays between Blackhall Place and Church Street would be reserved for cyclists and public transport vehicles.
This is considered one of the biggest changes to the traffic system along the Liffey quays yet proposed by Dublin City Council. This would mean that all car and truck traffic would be reduced to only one lane along much of the north quays, including on Eden Quay.
Another concern with the proposal is that fourteen mature plane trees, more than 100-years-old would have to be felled on Bachelors Walk and parking along the quayside would also have to be removed on most of the section.
The planned development of a designated and segregated cycle route along the Liffey has been in motion since 2012, but the plan has hit several obstacles, due to the narrow width on parts of the quays.
For a more detailed look at the proposal plans: Irishcycle.com