The NTA is today announcing plans to end peak-time southbound taxi movements in the College Green area from 12th March.

During the hours of 7am to 10am, taxis will be restricted from driving southbound through College Green. The measure will affect vehicles moving in front of Trinity College, either towards Grafton St, or towards Dame St.

There will be no restriction on movements by taxi through College St towards Westmoreland St. Nor will there be a restriction on northbound movements from Dame St, towards Westmoreland St, in front of Bank of Ireland.

Approximately 150 taxis per hour move southbound through College Green during the morning peak. Reducing taxi movements will ease congestion and relieve pressure by freeing up space for the other public transport modes.

As a partial compensatory measure, it is agreed that taxis will now be able to travel northbound along the Luas alignment from Dawson St to Westmoreland St, during the hours of 12 midnight to 6.00am.

This will facilitate taxis to operate in a part of the city centre where there are high volumes of night time activity thanks to pubs, restaurants and night clubs in the area.