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Monday, January 01, 2007

Section of O'Connell Street to be pedestrianised

Pat Dromey who is the Director of transport with the local authority has confirmed that plans are “underway for the pedestrianisation of O'Connell Street from the junction at William Street as far as Roches Street”

The new plans will be put on display to the public by at least mid June.

“There will be extensive consultation with all the stakeholders before we advance the planning process and we are hopeful that work on the pedestrianisation of O'Connell Street will start in the autumn,but an integral part of pedestrianising O'Connell Street is the proposed inner orbital route of the city that will take the diverted traffic, and this will also be put on public display in the new year"
So far the pedestrianisation of Bedford raw is complete along with a section of Thomas street and it is looking really good with the rest of Thomas street and Catherine Street to be finished by July.

A shop owner says the disruption was worth it,

"The disruption throughout the year was difficult on traders but the end result is definitely worth it. No pain, no gain! I am delighted to hear that parts of O'Connell Street are going to be pedestrianised because it will complement the work done in Thomas Street and Bedford Row."

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