Grafton Street Area - Summer Pedestrianisation Trial

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The Grafton Street area weekend pedestrianisation trials commenced on the weekend of 25th to 26th July.  The locations 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

Temporary street furniture permits were granted to a number of cafes/restaurants on South Anne Street, Drury Street and Dame Court.  In addition to these a number of further applications are currently being assessed by the Street Furniture Unit for the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend.

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.  All existing footpaths are to remain clear from street furniture and obstructions. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Reaction over the weekend was largely positive, plus the majority of feedback received via our online survey was overwhelmingly in favour of the initiative saying the pedestriaisation significantly improved their experience. The area certainly seemed to benefit from these measures with an increase in footfall and a survey of traders showed takings up from anything between 40% to almost 100%.

In response to feedback received, we extended the hours of the trial to 11pm following the first weekend (i.e. 11am to 11pm rather than 11am to 7pm).  Initially planned for 4 weeks, the trials were extended to run until the end of August. 

While the pedestrian trials will finish this weekend, a report on the trials and lessons learned as well as proposals for the future will be prepared and the permission for 7 day tables and chairs will continue as before.

There will be infrastructure surveys, both air and ground, over the Grafton Street area and the trial pedestrianisation streets this Saturday and Sunday, 29th and 30th August.


Grafton Street Pedestrianisation Map

Travel information

Disabled Parking Bays

Five disabled parking bays will be moved to alternative locations during the times of the trials.  The three disabled parking bays on Drury Street and the one disabled parking bay on Dame Court will be moved to Clarendon Street (NOT Exchequer Street as was the location on the initial weekend).  The disabled parking bay on South Anne Street will be moved to Molesworth Street.


Cyclists will be able to access the cycle parking at Drury Street carpark, entering via Drury Street and existing via Fade Street.

Public Transport

Public transport will operate as normal


Loading will be facilitated until 11am Saturday and Sunday


On street parking will be suspended on Anne Street South, Drury Street and Dame Court during the hours of the closure. Parking has been already been suspended on South William Street. The disabled bay on Anne Street South will be relocated to Molesworth Street. Access to the disabled bay spaces on Drury Street will be facilitated via Exchequer Street as per the access to the Drury Street carpark.

Access to all public carparks will remain.

Drury Street carpark (Park Rite) – enter via Drury Street, exit via Fade Street

Drury Street car park – entry during the street closure will be via Exchequer Street. Signage will be in place to direct vehicles to the Exchequer Street. Exit will also be via Exchequer Street.

Brown Thomas carpark – exit will be via a left turn onto South William Street and exit the area via Clarendon Street.


No taxi ranks will be affected


Please email should you have any concerns or comments regarding this proposal

To give feedback on the pedestrianisation trials, please complete the feedback survey.