Feedback on Traffic-free Trial at Capel Street & Parliament Street

Closed 20 Sep 2021

Opened 30 Aug 2021

Feedback updated 29 Oct 2021

We asked

Dublin City Council sought to gather feedback on the traffic free evenings and future improvements for Capel Street and Parliament street.

This consultation sought people’s views on:

  • Their experience of the Traffic free weekend evenings and
  • What worked, what didn’t work from a resident, business owner and street user perspective? 
  • What options should be further explored for both Capel Street and Parliament Street
  • Any suggestions people may have for improvements, changes etc.

You said

6,957 submissions were received as part of the non-statutory public consultation process.

We did

Dublin City Council has compiled a summary report. It should be noted that any views, thoughts and opinions presented in the summary report are those submitted during the non-statutory public consultation, and are not Dublin City Councils. The summary report is available at the bottom of this page. 

Results updated 29 Oct 2021



Following an initial public consultation in May 2021 Dublin City Council made Capel St. and Parliament St. traffic-free on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from 18:30 to 23:30  for a period of 6 weekends on a trial basis from the 11th of June 2021. 

This was part of Dublin City Council’s Office of City Recovery to support business in the City and facilitate outdoor dining and was planned and implemented by the Traffic Department in DCC.

The initial six weeks were successful and the weekend traffic-free evenings were extended for a further six weeks until the end of August when indoor dining would have resumed. The decision to extend the traffic-free weekends until the 26th of September was made by Dublin City Council management following representations by the Lord Mayor of Dublin and her fellow Councillors.

This consultation is looking to seek people’s views on:

  • Their experience of the traffic-free weekend evenings
  • What options should be further explored for both Capel Street and Parliament Street

A summary of the traffic-free evenings and the options that can be further developed for each street are detailed in the accompanying report, which is available at the bottom of this page. 

Proposed stages:

  • Four week extension of the weekend traffic-free evenings until the 26th September
  • Three week non statutory public consultation from the 30th August until 20th September
  • Consultation with the emergency services.
  • Consultation with disability groups.
  • Report to be prepared for consideration by  the elected members
  • Following the consultation and consideration by Councillors of the consultation report detailed planning of the preferred option will be advanced
  • Any option which is advanced will be subject to further consultation and any necessary statutory requirements.


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