Since I circulated my Markets Matters community newsletter prior to Easter, residents and householders on Beresford Street have been in touch with me regarding the volume of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) using the street.
In the contact I received concerns were raised about the apparent substantial increase in the numbers of HGVs using the street and the impact this is having. Firstly, those in touch with me are anxious about the emissions from these vehicles and how that is effecting the local environment. Secondly, householders are worried about the vibrations of the increased HGV traffic on their homes and whether they are being effected from a structural soundness.
From spending some time on the street myself in recent weeks, I can testify to the volume of HGVs using Beresford Street, particularly during the morning rush-hour period. What surprised me in my observations was the number of HGVs either across the Liffey or coming off the Quays at Chancery Place.
In order to address local concerns, I have asked the Transportation Department of Dublin City Council to undertake a traffic count specifically of HGVs using Beresford Street. Secondly, I have asked the Transportation Department to look at how we can redirect HGVs away from Beresford Street and to examine the potential for the introduction of a 5 axle ban along the street.
I intend to follow up on this issue at the May meeting of the Central Area Committee, due to take place on Tuesday morning next. I’ll provide an update on this afterwards.
Fine Gael Councillor - North Inner City
Chair, Urban Form & Planning Strategic Policy Committee