Survey Finds Overwhelming Demand for Pedestrianisation of Capel Street and Parliament Street

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Eight out of ten respondents to a Dublin City Council want the city's Capel Street to become fully pedestrianised.

Along with Parliament Street, Capel Street was closed to traffic on weekend evenings in the summer to accommodate outdoor dining while indoor dining was forbidden by pandemic regulations. 1,300 square metres of extra public space were created by the move.

In August, Dublin City Council conducted a survey of 7,000 respondents to get the public's views on the traffic-free trial, with the results just published.

79% approved making Capel Street permanently traffic-free.

94% of respondents said the temporary pedestrianisation of the street improved their experience of the area.

87% want Parliament Street to be fully pedestrianised with 7% supporting a one-lane system.

"It is clear that from the residents, businesses and general public that there is a strong desire to see a change from the current traffic arrangements to new arrangements with less traffic," the council said. "These options will have an effect on residents, businesses and traffic in the area, so a more detailed assessment on potential measures is required."

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