Public transport will be free across Dublin next month when the Pope visits as the Gardaí encourage people to leave their car at home.
Gardaí say there are too many people planning to take their car to Phoenix Park on the day of the visi, so public transport will be free for the entire day (Sunday, August 26th) if you have a ticket to the event.
There is no car park for people to park and walk to the event. The event organisers have secured additional car parking for this event, these car spaces are for those availing of Park & Ride facilities.
An Garda Síochána are urging the following:
• Leave your car at home
• Take public transport to and from the event or use private coaches
• If travelling in Dublin walk to the transport hubs
• Be prepared to walk on the day and suitable footwear is recommended
Tim Gaston Director of Public Transport Services, NTA said, "Every bus, train and tram is being used for this event and for the safety of the travelling public if you have a ticket for the Phoenix Park, you will be allowed to travel for free within Dublin on the day of the event.”
For those travelling from outside Dublin, the National Transport Authority asks that you please pre-book your train or bus ticket or private coach. This is especially for those who have indicated to the World Meeting of Families that they intend to travel by train or bus but have yet to book their ticket
Road closures will be in place from 6pm on Saturday evening
For those who live and work near Knock, a business and community liaison team is in place to handle queries, working closely with Claremorris Garda Station.
Ticket holders should look into getting on a private coach or carpool to and from the event.
Join a parish or community coach group or carpool where possible, as car park spaces are limited and may be some walking distance from the Shrine.
Gardaí say there is a considerable walk from the car parks due to the size, scale and location of the event and there will be no shuttle bus facility available between car parks and the event site. If cars are necessary, carpooling and car sharing is essential.
Iarnród Éireann and Bus Éireann will be providing public transport for this event. A bus shuttle service will operate from Claremorris train station to take people to Knock Shrine. For those who have a ticket for the event, the bus shuttle service will be free.
They have also advised that there will be no public viewing opportunities at Knock Airport.