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General News / August 24, 2021

Extension to Capel Street and Parliament Street pedestrianisation announced

General News / August 24, 2021

Extension to Capel Street and Parliament Street pedestrianisation announced

Words: Emily Mullen

The trial was due to end this weekend

Dublin City Council [DCC] has announced a further extension to their pedestrianisation trial of Capel Street and Parliament Street. The trial which saw the two city-centre streets closed to traffic on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings was due to end this weekend.

After the news was announced on August 23 calls came from local residents, business owners and TDs, urging the council to make this trial permanent.

Hours after the initial closure announcement, DCC tweeted that the trial would be extended for a further four weeks and will now conclude on September 26th.

The council also announced that there would be a public consultation on the pedestrianisation of city centre streets on August 30.

The trial has seen over 300,000 visitors to the streets and has facilitated a rise in outdoor dining in an otherwise built-up area.

The trial was born out of public consultation seeking views on traffic reduction in the city to facilitate pedestrianisation, in May with over 4,500 submissions, with 85% in favour of pedestrianisation.

This is the second extension to the trial which was originally due to end in mid-July.

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