Dublin City Covid Mobility Programme

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Covid-19 Public Health Civil Emergency

Enabling the City to return to work, Interim Mobility Intervention Programme for Dublin City

Dublin City Covid Mobility Programme.pdf

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Covid-19 and Mobility in the City

Covid-19 has radically changed transport in our City.  During the maximum restrictions, when all but essential workers were required to stay at home, car traffic fell by 70%, city service bus usage dropped by 90% and rail usage by about 97%.  Reduced traffic levels have resulted in many positive impacts including cleaner air, less noise pollution and an increase in people walking and cycling in their local neighbourhoods.  

As restrictions are eased and workplaces, schools and shops begin to re-open, the levels of people traveling to and around Dublin City will gradually begin to rise.  But the capacity of the public transport system will be reduced to about 20% of its normal levels.  This is due to the need to ensure the physical separation of passengers.  As social distancing requirements are likely to be with use for some time, we expect overall travel patterns, over the coming months, to be significantly different from those that existed pre-Covid.

What does this mean?

What this means is that less people will be travelling on public transport and more people will need to be accommodated on other modes.  Consequently, there will be many more people cycling each day, there will be an increase in the number of people walking and more people will wish to travel by car. 

What we are doing?

The  programme initially looks at the links from the nearer urban villages to the city centre and within the city centre it looks at how a more pedestrian, cycling and public transport friendly centre can be set out.  This is very much a “live” programme and over the next number of weeks, additional areas of the city and proposals will be added. The gradual reopening of the economy and society as set out by the Government strategy will present new challenges as it unfolds, so this must, of necessity, be  a live programme, the implementation of which will be clearly evident on the ground across Dublin City over the coming months.

The goal of this programme, in essence, is to allow the city to function under the new arrangements arising from the Covid-19 public health emergency, both in terms of providing space for safe movement plus business activities, and in accommodating the changed transport patterns. At the heart of this progamme are the following high-level aims:

  • To ensure safe access to and movement within Dublin City for all users;
  • To provide sufficient movement capacity to cater for the changed travel patterns; and
  • To support the economic recovery of the City and the region.

These high-level aims have been translated into transport-specific objectives as follows:

  • To improve pedestrian safety through the provision of additional space for movement and enhanced pedestrian areas;
  • To enable more people to cycle by providing safer cycling facilities;
  • To provide additional space at many bus stops in order to facilitate social distancing while waiting;
  • To accommodate a certain level of car use, calibrated with other transport needs, including possible additional parking provision on the periphery of the city core area; and
  • To implement various bus route changes required to enable the roll-out of cycling and walking measures while still maintaining a strong public transport network

The measures developed in response to these objectives are being introduced to respond to a new and unprecedented emergency caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  They are being implemented on a temporary basis to respond to the urgent and immediate needs of the city.  They will be reviewed periodically to assess their effectiveness and, because of their nature and type of implementation, can be modified as needed to respond to changing needs and requirements.

Priority is being given to identified routes into and locations within the city with the highest levels of walking and cycling.  These include key commuter routes, the north and south quays, the “civic spine” from Parnell Square to Christchurch (extending to include Thomas Street and James’s Street), the Grand Canal, and a number of other key city centre streets, such as Winetavern Street, Tara Street and South William Street.   

Please click on links below for further information on specific measures.

We are also offering the following supports:

Contact Us

If you wish to make a request for specific measures to support the Interim Mobility Intervention Programme for Dublin City, please visit Covid Mobility Measure Request Form

For all other queries in relation to the Covid-19 Interim Mobility Intervention Programme for Dublin City, please email covidmobility@dublincity.ie