Expanded D2 pedestrian zone gains support

Business are backing a plan to expand the pedestrian zone to west of Grafton Street, pictured

A traders-led campaign to more than double the pedestrian zone around Grafton Street has gained the support of 41 businesses in the area.

The proposals include maintaining access routes to the large multi-story car parks in the area.

If the plan was adopted by Dublin City Council most of the streets between Georges Street and Grafton Street would be part or fully pedestrianised (see map below).

“There has been overwhelming support from local business and Dubliners to the Dublin2Walk plan,” the campaign said on its Facebook page on Friday. It said the businesses which have signed up to the idea “believe it will bring more people into the city”

The group’s Facebook page lists retailers and other businesses as supporters of the proposed expand the pedestrian zone. It includes a wide range of businesses — from jewellers to hairdressers – but the bars, restaurants, and cafés which use popular outdoor seating would likely benefit from less contested space on the area’s small streets.

Dame Lane is one of the streets currently open to traffic which could be fully pedestrianised

Dublin2Walk wants the council to fully or partially pedestrian Balfe Street, Chatham Lane, Chatham Street, Clarendon Street, Dame Lane, Dame Court, Drury Street, Fade Street, South William Street, St Andrew Street, and Princess Street.

To maintain access to car parks it wants a number of alterations to the current traffic flow.

The proposals include making sections at the north and south ends of Drury Street to be made bidirectional for car park access. Traffic flow would be reversed on the northern end of South William Street, on part of St Andrew’s Street and all of Trinity Street — which would mean traffic would come from Trinity Street out onto Dame Street.

It would also mean the removal of around 50 on-street parking spaces in the area, and the group is looking for footpaths to be widened on Trinity Street, Suffolk Street, and Wicklow Street.

The Facebook page of Dublin2Walk lists the following businesses as supporters of the plans:

A Rubanesque Ltd, Be Entertained, Begarman Books, Bonsai Shop, Busyfeet Café, Coppinger Row Restaurant, Courtville Antiques, Dada’s Restaurant, Dekota Bar, Delphi Antiques, Dublin Holistic Centre, Dylan Bradshaw, Exchequer Bar, Georges St Arcade, Grays Jewellers, Hogan’s Bar, Indigo and Cloth, International Bar, James Fitzsimons, JK Opal Ltd, Korkys, le gualutan, Mace, Market Bar, Matcha Bar Ltd, McGregor Plastics, Metro Café, Morgen For Men, Odessa, Paradise Lane, Peter’s Pub, Powers Court Town House Centre, Pygmalion, South William Bar, South William Space, South William Street Pharmacy, Stock, Strictly Design, Taste Food Café, The Grooming Rooms, and The Sweeney Mongrel.

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