Plans to divert private cars from Dublin's College Green could result in major traffic disruption on Monday 27 July.

In an effort to boost flagging sales in the city centre, traffic planners at Dublin City Council (DCC) believe that banning cars in the area during rush hour will result in more business, less congestion for public transport users and better conditions for pedestrians and cyclists.

The area in question is between Dame Street and Westmoreland Street, in front of Trinity College. DCC estimate that about 60 million vehicles use the route every year; that equates to almost 13,000 a day.

Under the new arrangement, only buses, taxis and cyclists will be able to travel through at rush hours.

Private vehicles won't be allowed on weekdays between 07.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.00. Motorists who disregard the law will be faced with a