Consultation on Phoenix Park Transport & Mobility Report NOW OPEN

29th January, 2021

The Office of Public Works today begins he process of seeking your views and feedback on the recently published Transport and Mobility Report for the Phoenix Park.


This report is the result of work undertaken by a Steering Group comprising four organisations; the Office of Public Works (OPW), National Transport Authority, Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council established by Minister Patrick O’Donovan following the large increase in recreational use of the Phoenix Park since the start of the pandemic last year. The report aims to guide the development of transport and mobility options for all users of the Phoenix Park.


Since its establishment last summer, the Group has worked to identify the optimal transport and mobility options for all users of the Park while minimising the impact on the surrounding communities. The report aims to address the competing pressures on the Park in a managed and considered way, and to facilitate public consultation with this process before any final transport and mobility options are put in place.


The Report is based on a set of core principles; to protect the biodiversity of the Park, to recognise the Park’s function as a recreation site for people, to encourage more sustainable transport solutions, to seek to reduce commuter traffic, to liaise with a wide range of interested parties and to ensure all decisions are evidence based. These principles will underpin any future solutions and changes to transport and mobility issues in the Phoenix Park.


In accordance with the principles, the Report sets out an optimal model solution for the medium to long term for how park visitors will access, experience and move within the Phoenix Park while protecting the park environs, and it makes a number of recommendations to reduce commuter traffic, increase the cycling and pedestrian opportunities and provide for limited public transport. These recommendations include the following:


Prioritise pedestrian infrastructure including the upgrade of over 7km of footpaths along with strategic pedestrian crossing points on Chesterfield Avenue and other key locations throughout the Park, including the Gate entrances.


Expand and upgrade the cycle network within the Park and linkages to the external networks to facilitate all cycling users. This will involve the creation of 14km of new cycle lanes and the upgrade of over 17kms of existing cycle lanes within the Park and at Park entrances.


Traffic will be reduced on the North Road and the Upper Glen Road so as to improve the amenities in these areas. In the medium to long term, vehicular restriction will be introduced at Cabra, Ashtown and Knockmaroon Gates.


In the short to medium term a bus service will be introduced for Dublin Zoo and the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, serving all areas along this route and linking to Heuston Station and Broombridge Luas Station.


The speed limit will be set at 30kph with a review of parking and byelaws being recommended.


It is recommended that the traffic restrictions proposed for the upper Glen Road and the North Road be piloted along with traffic data collection in the short term.


The Report takes account of the way pedestrians, cyclists, recreation users and commuters interact with and utilise the Park. In this context, the Report considered a range of options. The emerging preferred option is to reposition the Phoenix Park as an important natural resource for the citizens of Dublin and further afield while seeking to reduce through traffic over the medium to long term. This preferred option would significantly improve pedestrian and cycling safety while also providing more sustainable transport options for those working in the Park and accessing its visitor attractions and amenities.


The public consultation opened today, and you will have an opportunity between now and March 12th to share your feedback on the report’s recommendations as well as detailing any other suggestions you have. Email me at and I will ensure that your observations are examined by the Office of Public Works prior to its publishing a final report in April.