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Dublin: 7 °C Saturday 22 February, 2020

Traffic headaches return: Dublin enters lockdown ahead of Obama visit

Some road closures and restrictions will kick in from tomorrow morning, to allow for preparations at College Green.

The stage for Barack Obama's appearance will be in front of the Bank of Ireland on College Green - meaning more traffic restrictions in the days ahead.
The stage for Barack Obama's appearance will be in front of the Bank of Ireland on College Green - meaning more traffic restrictions in the days ahead.
Image: James Horan/Photocall Ireland

DUBLIN MANAGED TO just about return to normal this morning as commuters got back into their usual routines following the visit of Queen Elizabeth to Ireland, which caused traffic mayhem for many.

For those needing to get around the city centre – and particularly the south side – there’s bad news from tomorrow, though, as a new set of traffic restrictions kick in to allow preparations at College Green for the visit of President Barack Obama on Monday.

Though details of the full visit to Dublin and Moneygall are still being finalised, details of interim traffic restrictions have been released.

From 6am tomorrow, Dame Street will be sealed off – with no vehicular access from D’Olier Street, and no access from Dame Street onto Westmoreland Street. Traffic from D’Olier Street will be reduced to one lane onward towards Grafton Street.

At Christchurch place, all traffic for Dame Street will be diverted along Nicholas Street or Winetavern Street. At the bottom of South Great Georges Street, there will be no right turn onto Dame Street.

Dublin Bus will run amended routes to facilitate the restriction.

Phoenix Park will be closed off to all traffic, with the exception of traffic for Dublin Zoo, which should enter through Parkgate Street only. The Park will be closed entirely on Monday.

There will be temporary road closures on Monday along the quays, adjacent streets and on bridges, as well as on the M1, the M50 and the N4.

From tomorrow (if there wasn’t already) there will be no parking at any of the following locations:

  • Chesterfield Avenue
  • North Quays
  • South Quays
  • Parkgate Street
  • D’Olier Street
  • Westmoreland Street
  • College Street
  • Grafton Street
  • Nassau Street
  • South Leinster Street
  • Lincoln Place
  • Westland Row
  • Pearse Street
  • Christchurch Place
  • Lord Edward Street
  • Dame Street
  • Merrion Square (all sides)
  • Merrion Street
  • Fitzwilliam Place
  • Mount Street
  • Northumberland Road
  • Baggot Street
  • Pembroke Road
  • Raglan Road
  • Clyde Road
  • Herbert Park

At present, there are no planned closures or amendments to any Bus Éireann, Luas, or Iarnród Éireann services over the weekend.

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