A MAJOR traffic plan will be in force across the city this weekend for the duration of the Giant’s Journey.
Gardai are warning that parking will be prohibited along the Giant’s route on each of the three days and that vehicles will be towed away.
Barrington Road, Pery Square, Upper Mallow Street, Boherbuoy Road and Parnell Street will be closed to traffic from 9am today until 7pm.
Other rolling road closures will operate between 9am and 2pm on today and tomorrow and again between 3pm and 7pm. Road closures will be in place between 9am and 3pm on Sunday.
Gardai are warning that much of the city centre will effectively be pedestrianised during the three-day extravaganza and to plan their journeys and allow extra time when travelling.
A number of Park and Ride facilities will be in operation with buses running every 15 minutes.
These will be located at the Culture Factory, Plassey; University of Limerick (Western car park), Limerick Greyhound Stadium, Dock Road, Claughaun GAA club, Limerick Racecourse and the South Court Hotel.
In addition, several Park and Walk facilities will be located nearer the city centre.
These will be located at Limerick Institute of Technology, Moylish; Gaelic Grounds, Ennis Road, Mary Immaculate College and St Joseph’s Hospital, Mulgrave Street.
Around 150 garda personnel will be on duty across Limerick throughout the Royal De Luxe event which takes place following months of planning and preparation.
“The city, as such, is going to be pedestrianised. It’s going to pedestrianised for the weekend so it’s essential that people are aware that a lot of walking is going to be required around the city for the weekend,” said Superintendent Dan Keane.
In addition to uniformed gardai, members of the air support unit and the water unit will also be on duty.
More than 50 cameras will be feeding CCTV footage into the communications room at Henry Street garda station where officials from Limerick City and County Council, Limerick City of Culture and the HSE will be monitering the Giant’s Journey.
Meanwhile, it has announced that motorists who park in the city will not have to display parking discs for the duration of the Giant’s Journey as pay-parking will not be in operation.
Bus Eireann is advising customers that a number of its city services (routes 301, 302, 303, 304, 305 and 306) will be affected on Friday, Saturday and Sunday but that all Expressway services will operate as normal