College Green in Dublin is closed to traffic today in the second of three pedestrian only trials.
The busy traffic area is closed to traffic until seven o' clock this evening in the second of a three day trial by Dublin City Council.
The first was held last Sunday with another scheduled for the Bank Holiday weekend.
The first trial was was criticised over security barriers that blocked sections of Dame Street to pedestrians, despite being closed to traffic.
The proposal to pedestrianise College Green was first put forward in 2016 and included a complete ban on traffic.
The scheme was refused planning permission in October last year by An Bord Pleanála but Dublin City Council says it will submit new plans with the authority later this year.
For today's closure, the area from College Green to the junction of George’s Street will be shut to all vehicle traffic between 7am and 7pm. The area will only be accessible to pedestrians and as far as Trinity Street for cyclists between these times.
A temporary two-way cycle lane will be in operation on Dame Street from its junction with Georges Street to its junction with Trinity Street. Cyclist must dismount to enter the event area.
Cycle parking will be provided adjacent to the event area.
Buses normally travelling easterly onto College Green will be diverted onto Winetavern Street and westerly buses will be diverted onto the South Quays and up to Georges Street. Information on bus diversions and stops can be found here.
The Luas will operate a normal Sunday service today.
Car traffic will be diverted to the South Quays and Upper Dame Street.
Cars coming from the Christchurch direction will be permitted to turn right at junction of Georges Street/Dame Street.
Access to car parks will be from George’s Street.
The taxi rank at Foster’s Place and at College Green will be closed for the duration of each event. A temporary extended taxi rank will be available on D’Olier Street.