Dublin housing estates to lose bus services, claims NBRU

Entire housing estates in Dublin will lose bus routes, and be reduced to peak-time services only, under plans for the reorganisation of the Dublin Bus network, the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) has claimed.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) is undertaking a full reorganisation of Dublin Bus services, which could see existing bus routes axed and new ones introduced - irishtimes.com.

The Bus Network Review, which got under way last June, is being undertaken to reflect the major transport changes in the city, including the introduction later this year of the Luas Cross City line, the opening of the Phoenix Park tunnel, as well as recent and upcoming changes to the road network.

US-based transport consultants Jarrett Walker have been engaged to redesign the routes, in what is the first complete overhaul of the Dublin Bus network.

Feeder buses

In a letter to Minister for Transport Shane Ross in recent days, NBRU general secretary Dermot O’Leary said that “whole estates are slated to have peak services only” and “substantial core routes will become nothing more than feeder buses for an already overcrowded Dart and Luas service”.

The record of the consultants involved was one of “stripping buses from housing estates and replacing them with shuttle buses to connect with main [straight line] corridors,” Mr O’Leary said.

Mr O’Leary toldThe Irish Timeshe was not in a position to say how he had secured information about the ongoing network review, but he said he was confident of its accuracy.

‘Fractured’ communities

“Communities will be fractured and people will have to walk long distances to bus stops if this goes ahead,” he said. “We will join communities in opposing any such move and we would not rule out any sort of action at this stage.”

A spokesman for the NTA said work on the network review was ongoing.

“Any suggestion that a decision has been made to strip bus services from estates would be incorrect,” he said. “A draft plan will be completed in the first quarter of 2018 and will be put out for public consultation at that stage.”

A spokeswoman for Mr Ross said she was not in a position to answer questions on the matter.

The network review is part of a €1 billion “Bus Connects” plan for the redevelopment of bus services including the implementation of a cashless payment system; simplification of the fare structure to allow movement between different transport services without financial penalty; and the segregation of buses from general traffic on the busiest routes to and around the city.

Read more news of Dublin on our site.

Dublin Dermot_O_Leary Shane_Ross National_Bus_And_Rail_Union
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
4 views in january
I recommend
No recommendations yet


Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Jonathan Sexton will have no trouble shrugging off the latest barb from English coach Eddie Jones, according to Leinster backs coach Felipe Contepomi. And despite not playing since defeat to Munster at Christmas, the Argentinian argues that Sexton's experience will ensure he will be ready to face the English in the Aviva Six Nations opener on Saturday week. "Eddie said it, I'll put it that way," said Contepomi after Jones claimed Sexton has a "bat phone" t...
It brings the total number of arrests to four. Detectives investigating a car bomb explosion in Derry have arrested a further two men. The 34 and 42-year-olds were taken into custody by police in the city yesterday evening. It brings to four the total number of arrests. Two other men - both aged in their 20s - were arrested earlier on Sunday. The explosion happened outside Bishop Street courthouse on Saturday night. Nobody was injured in the blast. Disside...
Dáil Éireann held its first public meeting in the Mansion House on 21st January 1919. Events are being held in Dublin today to mark the centenary of the first ever sitting of the Dáil. A joint sitting of the Dáil and the Seanad will take place at the Mansion House, where the Dáil first publicly sat on January 21st 1919. President Michael D Higgins will also deliver a keynote address during today's ceremony. The Mansion House was open to the public over the...
The 60-year-old pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. A man has died after being hit by a truck in Co Waterford. It happened at around 8:15pm last night at Killossera, Dungarvan. The 60-year-old pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. His body has been taken to the mortuary at University Hospital Waterford. The male driver of the truck was not injured in the crash. A forensic exam is being carried out at the scene. The road remains closed this...
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has called the failure to prosecute 3,000 youth offenders a "humiliating professional failure" for the force. He also apologised to all those who were victims of crimes committed by those who were never prosecuted. An internal report into the force's youth referral scheme found that 7,894 cases where youths were deemed not to be suitable for the diversion programme were not appropriately dealt with over a seven-year period. A...
Victor Marin Del Sol's children spent a year in Irish schools. A Dublin-based Spanish waiter killed his partner and two Irish-born children in a murder-suicide in Poland just days before Christmas. Two Dublin schools have expressed their shock at the news. Victor Marin Del Sol's three children spent a year in schools in Rathfarnham, before they moved to Poland with their mother. The Irish Independent reports that Marin Del Sol flew to Poland to spend time...
New laws on hold in Dáil to focus on emergency legislation. Ministers will today agree to essentially freeze work on all new laws as they bid to get ahead of a chaotic no-deal Brexit. Just six pieces of non-Brexit related legislation have made it to the Government's priority list for the new term, the Irish Independent understands. This is an acknowledgement that British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a crushing defeat when the Withdrawal Agreement is pu...
The incident happened on Ballinteer Avenue in south Dublin at around 6pm on Sunday evening. Four people were arrested after a vehicle crashed into a wall after failing to stop for gardai.The incident happened on Ballinteer Avenue in south Dublin at around 6pm on Sunday evening. Three of the arrested men are in their 20s and were held in Dunrdrum garda station while a fourth (juvenile) was held in Dun Laoghaire.Three of the men are set to appear in court th...
Too early to say when hotel on Leitrim-Roscommon border can open, says Minister. The Minister for Justice has said he is “deeply concerned” following a fire at a former hotel on the Leitrim/Roscommon border that was to open as a centre for asylum seekers. The Shannon Key West hotel in Rooskey on the Leitrim/Roscommon border had been due to open shortly as a direct-provision accommodation centre for 80 people. However, on Thursday night, the emergency servi...