Restrictions are being lifted from the College Green Bus Corridor in Dublin city centre from this evening.

However, the Corridor will remain active between 7am and 10am on weekdays.

For several months the new system, which at peak times only allows buses and taxis pass through College Green, has been in place.

Dublin City Council says the restrictions are being lifted due to concerns from businesses in the area over the impact the system is having on city centre trade.

The relaxation to the rules means that between 4pm and 7pm every evening cars and other vehicles will be allowed drive through the area without restrictions.

The Council is insisting that there is only a 'perception' that trade has been affected by the new corridor.

It hopes the decision to lift the restrictions until 15 January will help address those concerns.

Council providing free parking

Dublin City Council is to provide almost 1,400 free car parking spaces for people shopping in the city centre.

The free parking will apply from today until 27 December.

It will apply to designated spaces in the city centre on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays.

Details of the allocated sapces which are in the core retail area surrounding O'Connell Street/Grafton Street area.

Details of where the free spaces will be available are on www.transportfordublin.ie, and information will also be displayed on parking units where the free spaces are provided.

Brendan O'Brien of Dublin City Council says existing parking regulations apply and the free parking applies to existing spaces and no additional spaces are being provided.