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Commuters lose 14 days every year driving to Dublin city centre

That number could rise to 24 days with proposed traffic flow changes on Dublin’s north and south quays.

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A NEW SURVEY conducted by easytrip.ie has revealed that Irish motorists are losing 14 days on average per year commuting into Dublin city centre. With the proposed new traffic flow system along the quays, these numbers aren’t likely to improve anytime soon.

The survey polled drivers around Dublin and its surrounding commuter belt counties, in particular Kildare and Wicklow.

On average, commuters said they spent approximately 43 minutes each way on their daily commute to Dublin city. Over a year, this averages out to 14 days behind the wheel. The respondents were also asked about the new traffic management measures proposed by Dublin City Council on the north and south quays.

These plans include reducing traffic to one lane on the south quays and banning right-hand turns from Bachelors Walk onto O’Connell Bridge, as well as partly closing Eden Quay to general traffic.

Of those surveyed, 73 per cent of those who commuted to Dublin by car predicted that the proposed new traffic flow system would probably make their journeys worse. More than 50 per cent of drivers said that the changes would deter them from driving into the city (which is the point, presumably).

Respondents believe that the proposed changes would increase the time spent in traffic by an additional 10 days a year. This equates to a pretty considerable total of 24 days a year spent in the car commuting.

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