Dublin City Council, in partnership with the National Transport Authority, have today published the draft Dublin City Centre Transport Plan 2023. The publication of this plan is an objective of the Dublin City Development Plan 2022 -2028, which was adopted by the elected members in November 2022, and of the Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area, as approved by the Minister for Transport in January 2023.
The Dublin City Development Plan 2022-2028 sets out an aspiring vision for the city and in the area of transport, sets out very challenging and ambitious targets to be achieved, including a 40% reduction in general traffic and significant increases in walking, cycling and public transport.
The overall transport vision in this plan is for a low traffic city centre with public transport, walking and cycling being prioritised. It draws lessons from the response to the Covid pandemic whereby low traffic volumes allowed very ambitious changes to be undertaken in areas such as Capel Street, Nassau Street and along the North and South Quays. The traffic management changes envisaged as part of this plan aim to significantly reduce volumes of car traffic in the city centre, opening up space for the sustainable modes, and significantly improving the public realm by allowing greening and the development of new public spaces for residents, workers and visitors to the city centre.
Key initiatives outlined in the draft Plan include:
The draft plan has undergone Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) as required by the relevant EU Directives and transposing Irish legislation. The Public Notice of the preparation of the SEA Environmental Report and AA Natura Impact Assessment will be published in due course.
A period of non-statutory public consultation has now commenced and members of the public and interested parties are invited to share their views on the draft Plan.
The draft Dublin City Centre Transport Plan can be found here .
Share your views by taking the survey here .
Hard copies of the draft documentation are available for review at Dublin City Council, Civic Offices Wood Quay, Dublin 8.
Postal submissions can be sent to City Centre Transport Projects, Dublin City Council, Block 2, Floor 7, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.
The consultation finishes at end at 5pm on Friday 1st of December 2023.