Dublin City Council to begin pedestrianisation trials

Dublin City Council would like to remind the public that pedestrianisation trials in the Grafton Street area begin this weekend. The trials will see a number of streets being opened up for pedestrian use as traffic-free areas.   

These measures are being taken to support the economic recovery of the city by providing more space for pedestrians during weekends to encourage people to return for shopping and to make use of the many cafes and restaurants in the area and so enjoy the city centre. This series of weekends will provide a unique opportunity for people to relax in the city centre on pedestrian-only streets and to rediscover the many attractions of these areas.   

Temporary street furniture permits have been issued to a number of cafes/restaurants on South Anne Street, Drury Street and Dame Court to assist them in the re-opening of their businesses and to provide for social distancing requirements. Tables and chairs for these businesses' customers will be permitted in allocated on-street areas.

The locations for the trials are:

  • Anne Street South from the junction of Dawson Street
  • Duke Street from the junction of Dawson Street
  • South William Street from the Brown Thomas carpark exit to Chatham Row
  • Drury Street from Fade Street to the Drury Street carpark
  • Dame Court From Exchequer Street

The trials take place over four consecutive weekends starting tomorrow, Saturday 25th July. Each of the locations will be closed to vehicular traffic between 11am-7pm on both weekend days and on the bank holiday Monday 3rd August.

Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times, as will access to carparks in the area.
Attached please find map of relevant streets. 


Notes to the Editor:

More information is available here: www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-roads-and-traffic-dublin-city-covid-mobility-programme/grafton-street-area