Dublin’s longest Traffic-Free street now in place
Published on 20th May 2022
Dublin City Council is pleased to announce that Capel Street is now traffic-free, making it the longest traffic-free street in the city.
From this morning, Capel Street will now be opened up for use as a traffic-free street, apart from deliveries between 6am and 11am.
Works were carried out overnight and leaflets have been distributed throughout the area advising residents and businesses of the new arrangements. There will be traffic management on site for the first two weeks as people get used to the changes.
This follows a public consultation during which 1,766 submissions were received. 91% of the submissions were in favour of the proposal. The Central Area Committee voted unanimously to endorse the proposal.
Key elements of the changes:
- Permanent closure at Parnell Street after Jervis Lane to remove through traffic on Capel Street.
- Delivery access will be facilitated between 6am and 11am. Car parking spaces will be removed and converted to loading bays to ensure there is sufficient space. There will be all day loading provided at a number of side streets.
- Mary’s Abbey traffic flow direction will be reversed and residents exiting from Abbey Street will exit via Mary’s Abbey.
- Mary Street between Capel Street and Jervis Lane will be reversed.
- Strand Street Little and Strand Street Great will remain open to traffic all day.
- Initial street improvements including seating and greening are to be provided.
Dublin City Council would like to thank An Garda Siochana and the residents of the area for their cooperation and assistance.
Emergency Vehicular access is maintained at all times as the emergency services will be able to access all locations on Capel Street.