Proposals regarding commercial activity and mobility in Dublin City

Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority have published a programme of proposed measures to address the new and urgent needs relating to commercial activity and mobility in Dublin City which have emerged as a result of the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency.

The goal of “Enabling the City to Return to Work” is to allow the city to function under the new arrangements arising from the Covid-19 crisis, both in terms of providing space for safe movement of people and business activities, and in accommodating the changed transport patterns.

The plan will allow people to return to retail and leisure activities and enable the city to return to work. In addition, it will allow people to visit family and friends and, in time, allow schools and colleges to re-open all in line with government guidelines and timescales.

The objectives of the plan are:

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

As restrictions are eased with workplaces, schools and shops re-opening, the number of people travelling to and moving around the city will start to increase again. More space will need to be allocated to facilitate social distancing and to support shops and businesses operating in this new environment. 

The measures proposed to enable this include:

  • Improving pedestrian safety through the provision of additional space for movement and enhanced pedestrian areas;
  • Enabling more people to cycle by providing safer cycling facilities;
  • Providing additional space at many bus stops in order to facilitate social distancing;
  • Accommodating 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
  • Implementing various bus route changes required to enable the roll-out of cycling and walking measures while still maintaining a strong public transport network.

The document as published today is focussed on the city centre, the radial routes approaching the central area and a number of urban village interventions. There is little doubt that additional measures and interventions in other areas of the city will be required and the plan will be updated on an on-going basis to reflect this.

Work is already underway on assessing requests for further interventions that have been received from the public and elected representatives, with particular reference to the other urban villages and schools.

There will be a phased approach to implementation over a six to twelve month period. Measures will be implemented on a temporary basis and will be subject to review.

Other locations will be added to the programme as areas are surveyed, equipment becomes available and local proposals are developed. Areas with high numbers of cyclists and pedestrians will be prioritised to ensure that the maximum number of people can move freely throughout the city on safe, connected and coherent transport routes.