A new 12-year plan endorsed by the minister for transport proposes to radically reduce traffic congestion on Dublin's streets. The controversial changes suggested include eliminating traffic entirely from in front of the Custom House, turning the area into a pedestrian plaza. It also strongly advocates the creation of further outlets for walking, cycling and public transport. One of the more contentious aspects of the plan is the banning of private cars from parts of the city centre, with the introduction of a "bus gate" between Dame Street and Westmoreland Street. This has understandably provoked heavy criticism from city traders and the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.
The report states that due to the city's historic bridges and canals, as well as the enormous rise in private car ownership, Dublin