Get the Sketchers on…
Ahead of the Pope Francis’ visit this weekend, Dubliners have been strongly advised to leave the car at home this weekend and use public transport as we have many, many, many road closures ahead of us!
So to put your mind at ease we have gathered all the information you’ll need on where you can and can not drive this weekend, along with all public transport options available for those hoping to go about their day to day business.
When will roads star closing?
Cathedral Street will close to traffic at 10:00 on Friday and will remain closed until 19:00 hours on Saturday 25th.
Which roads will be closed on Saturday and how can I avoid the crowds?
In short, you can’t avoid the crowds, but maybe we can make your life a little easier.
Around 52 roads will be closed around Dublin’s city centre between 06:00 and 19:00 hours as Pope Francis attends events across the capital.
Road closures will stretch from Patrick Street, Dawson’s Street, Cathal Brugha Street, Sean McDermott Street and King’s Street North. Dame Street, College Green and some of Nassau Street will be closed along with all streets leading onto O’Connell Street to accommodate the Pope’s tour of the city.
Parking will be suspended throughout the City on streets such as Killarney Street; Buckingham Street Lower; Buckingham Street Upper; Sean McDermott Street Lower; Sean McDermott Street Upper; Cathal Brugha Street; Cumberland Street North; Sackville Place; Abbey Street Lower; Abbey Street Middle; Eden Quay; Bachelors Walk; Bow Street; Nicholas Avenue; Church Street; North King Street and Mary’s Lane between Church Street & Beresford Street.
For a full list of road closures and suspensions click here.
Anyone with traffic-related enquires, who have no access to the internet can contact the dedicated helpline which will remain open this week and through the weekend from 09:00-17:00 on 00353 1 222 8888.
What about public transport on Saturday, is it running as normal?
Dublin Bus will operate a normal Saturday service, however, there will be significant diversions in place. Lord Edward Street to George’s Street junction will be closed to buses between 10:00 and 13:00, while the North Quays, South Quays, Dame Street, O’Connell Street and Church Street will be closed to buses from 13:00 to 18:00. For a full list of route changes on Saturday click here.
Irish Rail will operate a normal service on Saturday, however, the car park at Connolly station will be closed to the public.
The Luas will run a normal service before 11:00 on the Red Line and before 10.30 on the Green Line. Between 11:00 – 17:00 the Abbey Street Stop on the Red Line will remain closed. Services on the Red Line will operate from Tallaght/Saggart to Smithfield and from The Point to Connolly between 15:15 and 17:00. Normal service on the red line will resume at 17:00.
On the Green line, services will operate from Brides Glen to St Stephen’s green and Dominick to Broombridge between 10:30 and 17:30 with no service between Dawson and Parnell. Normal service will resume at 17:30.
Where can I drive in the city on Sunday?
In a word, nowhere. A controlled access zone will remain in place around Dublin city until 11:00 on Sunday. Some 86 roads, including all routes along the Quays both north and south of the city and any streets in the vicinity of Phoenix Park, will remain closed from 08:00 – 22:00. Roads in Inchicore, Chapelizod, Ashtown, Castleknock, parts of Clondalkin and Drimnagh, Cabra, the Strawberry Beds, and Arbour Hill will be closed from 18:00 on Sunday until 22:00.
Roads leading down to the quays along the Liffey will also be closed from between 06:00 – 09:00 for the duration of the day.
Parking will be suspending from 16:00 until midnight on Sunday on Parkgate Street, the North Circular Road from North Gate to Doyle’s Corner, Benburb Street, Liffey Street West, Temple Street West and Infirmary road.
For a full list of all road closures on Sunday click here.
The M50 will be fully open on both days. However, the inbound lanes at J6 Blanchardstown, J7 Lucan and J9 Red Cow will be closed to all vehicles apart from buses on Sunday.
What is public transport available on Sunday 26th?
Dublin Bus will operate a Sunday service however diversions will be in place. with several Dublin Bus Transport Hubs to bring people as close as possible to the Phoenix Park.
The dart Dart and other commuter services will begin operating between 06:00 – 7:30 on Sunday. Anyone planning to travel by train on Sunday is strongly advised to book their ticket in advance and to leave extra time to travel. All routes from Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Galway, Westport and Waterford to Dublin heading to and from the papal mass have sold out (good luck if you have no ticket). Irish Rail will be providing extra trains for passengers travelling on the Portlaoise, Dundalk/Drogheda and Maynooth service. Maynooth trains and Dart services will operate every 10 minutes before and after the mass in Phoenix Park.
The car parks at Connolly, Heuston and Maynooth train stations will be closed on Sunday.
The Luas Red line will operate from Tallaght/Saggart to Blackhorse and from The Point to Smithfield between 7:00 – 22:00, with no service between Blackhorse and Smithfield. The Connolly stop will be closed for most of the day.
The Green Line will operate from Brides Glen to Broombridge between 7:00 – 23:30 and from Broombridge passengers will need to walk. The Phibsborough stop will be closed from 15:00 – 20:00.
Public transport on Sunday will be free for anyone travelling in the Greater Dublin Area with a ticket to the Papal Mass.
Can I cycle around the city this weekend?
I live in Knock, what traffic restrictions will be in place?
Road closures will be in place from 18:00 on Saturday and the centre of Knock will be closed to everyone except residents. The N17 between Charlestown and Claremorris will be closed from midnight on Saturday 25th until 18:00 on Sunday 26th.
I’m supposed to fly from Dublin at the weekend. Will my flight be delayed?
In short no, but do remember the Pope will be flying in too so there may be delays getting through the airport. There will, however, be a number of road closures on the normal route from the city centre to the airport, so passengers are advised to plan their journey ahead of time. The Aircoach and Airlink 747 will be operating a normal service on Saturday and Sunday with some diversions.
And finally, please remember that the all the above information is subject to change should circumstances change. In other words, let’s hope that the event runs as smoothly as possible so we can get back to normal as soon as possible!