Proposed traffic changes on Dublin's Capel Street have been criticised for not going far enough.

Capel Street, which is one of Dublin's most historic streets, would have footpath "buildouts" and part of the top section from Parnell Street to Ryder's Row would be pedestrianised.

However, local Green Councillor Janet Horner said retaining three lanes on the street on some sections is "totally unacceptable".

"Businesses would benefit from space for seating and, more importantly, people, particularly those with disabilities, would benefit if we could provide wide, clear footpaths here rather than squeezing people onto the currently tiny footpath space".

Capel Street, a fashionable residential street in the 17th and 18th centuries, would also see some on street parking removed and changes would also involve surrounding streets.

Public consultation is being held on the plan Capel Street - Increasing Pedestrian Space - Dublin City Council - Citizen Space until 14 May and following a final decision works are expected to commence on 23 May.

The main proposals are:

  • The area of Capel Street between Ryders Row and Parnell Street will be traffic-free on a 24/7 basis
  • Removal of all on street parking between Ormond Quay and Mary Street and introduction of temporary footpath buildouts
  • Removal of a certain amount of parking spaces between Mary Street and Little Britain Street and introduction of temporary footpath buildouts
  • Relocation of loading bays to better align with non-hospitality businesses
  • Relocation of disabled parking spaces to other areas in the immediate vicinity but no reduction in number
  • Introduction of temporary footpath buildouts between Mary's Abbey and Strand Street on the west side of Capel Street
  • Introduction of temporary footpath buildouts on Strand Street
  • Introduction of temporary footpath buildouts between Strand Street and Ormond Quay on the West side of Capel Street

Work begins on pedestrianisation of four Dublin streets