Dublin publishes mobility recovery plan
Dublin City Council (DCC) and the National Transport Authority (NTA) of a framework of proposals to address the new and urgent needs relating to commercial activity and mobility in Dublin City Centre, which have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The report, “Enabling the City to Return to Work”, sets out a plan to allow Irish capital to function under new conditions arising from the COVID-19 crisis, both to provide more space for safe movement of people and business activities, and to accommodate the changed mobility and transport patterns.
The plans aim to allow people to return to retail and leisure activities and enable the city to return to work. People will be able to visit family and friends again, followed by the opening of schools and colleges in line with government timescales.
The objectives of the plan are to:
- Ensure safe access to, and movement within, Dublin City for all users
- Provide sufficient movement and mobility capacity to cater for the changed travel patterns
- Support the economic recovery of the city and the region.
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
- Implementing various bus route changes required to enable the roll-out of cycling and walking measures, while still maintaining a strong public transport network.
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 6- to 12-month period. Measures will be implemented on a temporary basis and will be subject to review.