In recent days, I sought an update from the Transportation Department, the Office of City Recovery and the Dublin Central Area Office on the preparation of an update that is set to come before the Dublin Central Area Committee next week.
I can confirm that Traffic Engineers will be detailing a variety of options to better manage local traffic relating to Arran Street East, Strand Street and other streets in the vicinity of Capel Street. This follows the examination of traffic quotas in the North King Street, Queen Street, Church and Constitution Hill areas, post implementation of the no through traffic scheme which started on May 31st last. Whatever proposals are brought forward will be the subject of consultation locally with householder and businesses.
With regards the need to dramatically enhance the public realm and streetscape along Capel Street, officials including the Director of City Recovery and City Centre Manager are working with various Council Departments, businesses and traders on Capel Street. Some of the concepts and plans that are being discussed, include:
- Enhanced street cleaning
- A painting programme of street infrastructure (bins/bollards etc)
- A promotional campaign for the street – welcome signage/social media drive
- A possible greening intervention at Ryders Row
- Shopfront Improvement Scheme
- Enhanced retail offering/Night time economy
I understand a number of meetings have been held with traders on the street and a small working group is being formed to deliver on a suite of measures to enhance and promote the street for citizens and visitors to enjoy.
An update, as agreed by the Dublin Central Area Committee in April, will be presented next week that will detail the effectiveness of the no through traffic scheme along Capel Street to date, how any problems can be ironed out and improvements delivered.
If you have any specific questions or queries arising from the details outlined above, please get in touch with me by email at RayMcAdam@gmail.com.
The City Council has now published the interim report that will be debated at the July meeting of the Dublin Central Area Committee. You can view it here –
Fine Gael Councillor - North Inner City
Chair, Urban Form & Planning Strategic Policy Committee