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Concerns Raised That New College Green Plaza Could Cause Traffic Chaos

By mariemadden

May 10, 2017 at 2:41pm

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Concerns have been raised that a proposed €10m facelift for College Green could have a negative impact on city traffic.

The AA today responded to plans to turn College Green into a car-free, pedestrianised plaza, saying that due care should be given when dealing with the displaced traffic.

“It has the potential to be terrific for the city. I think all citizens can see that. But at the same time, the management of displaced public and private transport has to be handled sensitively,” said Director Of Consumer Affairs, Conor Faughnan.

“While redesigning this space into a pedestrian and cycle-friendly area could have a number of benefits for the city, the way in which these changes will impact traffic cannot be ignored or reduced to an afterthought."

He added that there could be a potential knock-on effect for local businesses in the area, and those working in the city centre.

“These changes, if approved, will affect private and public transport within Dublin city centre and it is incumbent on Dublin City Council to consider how displaced traffic will be managed and minimise any negative fallout on businesses in the area and those commuting to and from work.”

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