Diversions proposed under new Dublin City bus plan

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Dublin motorists face 3km diversion under city bus plan

Dublin's College green was recently closed off to traffic for the second Sunday in a row. This was a trial in an effort to reduce traffic congestion in the city centre. 

The idea was first proposed in 2016 and sought to ban all traffic in College Green, before being rejected by An Bord Pleanala last year over traffic concerns. These plans have not been completely abandoned and a new proposal is set to be put forward this year.

This trial was announced earlier in the year and proposed that the area in front of Bank of Ireland will be pedestrianised on three days.

The area has been temporarily pedestrianised as part of a three-week trial by Dubin City Council to reduce the amount of traffic coming through the city centre and see what it would be like without motorised vehicles. 

The area is to be accessible only to pedestrians between 7 am and 7 pm, with some bus stops out of service and diversions in effect on the dates below: 

  • Sunday, 21 July 2019  

  • Sunday, 28 July 2019

  • Sunday, 4 August 2019

There is also to be a temporary two-way cycle lane in operation from the Dame Street/Georges Street junction as far as Trinity Street, and cyclists will have to dismount here to enter the pedestrianised area.  

Although the proposed area was to extend from east to west between Trinity College and Anglesea Street, a large space between Fosters Place and Anglesea Street was initially closed off by barriers, preventing public access. 

Buses and cars are affected by this trial although the Luas is still to operate as normal.

These diversions will affect the following bus routes:

George's Street Routes

Patrick Street Routes

James' Street Routes

Aston Quay Routes

Route 9

Route 27

Route 13

Route 69

Route 14

Route 49

Route 40

Routes 79/a

Routes 15/a/b

Route 54a

Route 123


Route 16

Route 56a

Route 747


Routes 65/b

Route 77a



Routes 68/a

Route 150



Route 83

Route 151



Route 122



Route 140



These restrictions have been put in place twice now and the last leg of the trial is on the 4th of August. From reports given by the public, it would appear that there is 50% more event space. 

The purpose of this as said by Dublin City Council is to portray that events can be held here and the traffic restrictions in place allow this to happen.


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