Parliament Street Goes Pedestrian

Dublin’s Parliament Street is to be made traffic-free for three evenings a week until the end of August. The move will facilitate outdoor dining.

Cars were last summer banned from Parliament Street and Capel Street, which face each other over the River Liffey at Grattan Bridge, on weekend evenings. The council subsequently decided to make the Capel Street car-free zone permanent but had retained traffic on Parliament Street, in part due to its use by buses.

The council said it would again trial the pedestrian and cycle-only zone on Parliament Street on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6.30pm to 11pm.

Council engineers have assessed the effect of the changes on 11 roads surrounding Capel Street and found most had seen decreases in traffic volumes, some of which were "very significant", the council said.