The trial pedestrianisation of streets around Grafton St led to increases of up to 100% in business according to a Dublin City council survey.

The hours of the weekend pedestrianisation are now being extended to 11pm for the Bank Holiday weekend.

The first of four weekend pedestrianisations led to increased takings of between 40% and 100%, according to a survey of 292 businesses.

The trial pedestrianisations are running for a total of four weekends and were introduced to boost economic recovery in the Grafton St area.

In a report to councillors the city council had stated that at the start of July footfall in Grafton St was only 20% of pre-Covid levels compared to 50% for Henry St.

The latest figures show Grafton St rising to 50% and Henry St now reaching 80%.on a Sunday.

Each of these streets will be pedestrianised from 11am to 11pm this Saturday, Sunday, and Bank Holiday Monday:

  • Anne Street South from the junction of Dawson Street
  • Duke Street from the junction of Dawson Street
  • South William Street from the Brown Thomas carpark exit to Chatham Row
  • Drury Street from Fade Street to the Drury Street carpark
  • Dame Court from Exchequer Street

The council said the trial will be monitored and it is aimed at supporting the economic recovery of the city by providing more space to encourage more people to visit the city centre shops, bars and restaurants.

It said access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times, as will access to carparks in the area.

There will be two further trials over the following weekends.

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The extension has been welcomed by DublinTown, which represents 2,500 city centre businesses.

In a statement, it said the change will help many hospitality businesses in the area who rely on the evening and night-time economy.

DublinTown also said it believes there are merits in trialling the pedestrianisation of the streets on a seven-day basis.