Cork City Council has voted unanimously by 28-0 to lift the ban on private traffic on Patrick Street for three months.

The decision was taken at a special council meeting tonight and comes after much disquiet from traders in the Patrick Street area that the afternoon ban on private vehicles was affecting their businesses.

The afternoon vehicle ban was part of Phase One of the City Centre Movement Strategy by the City Council.

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It was designed to take private vehicles out of Patrick’s Street between 3:30-6:30pm.

Tonight both the traders and the council said they would sit down together over the coming months to seek a successful new traffic plan for Cork city.

Many traders leading the meeting said they were relieved and delighted that the ban is being lifted from Monday.