29 May 2017 | 04.22 pm
Orbital Bus Routes Planned For Dublin
Aim is to increase bus journeys by 50%
29 May 2017 | 04.22 pm
Orbital bus routes around Dublin are planned by the National Transport Authority as part of BusConnects, a series of initiatives aimed at cutting commuting times and time spent in traffic in the city and environs.
National Transport Authority chief executive Anne Graham said: “With uBsConnects, just about everybody will be able to beat the congestion by using the bus rather than a car to get around. We believe that there is potential to increase bus passenger numbers by at least 50% over the lifetime of the project, which would represent a significant step-change in how people get from place to place.”
Transport minister Shane Ross said: “We have seen remarkable growth in our economy in recent years, and that recovery is continuing. That means more jobs, more people at work, more people out socialising, and more people. But it does place a strain on our transport infrastructure, and we’ve all seen the congestion in the city and across the region, that arises as a result. The proposals being put forward can potentially transform Dublin’s bus system in a fundamental way, so that when it comes to speed, punctuality, reliability and convenience, journeys by bus can be better than ever before.”
The 11 radial envisaged routes include corridors from Bray along the N11, from Dun Laoghaire and Blackrock, from Finglas, Ballymun and Cabra though Phibsboro, and from Lucan, Leixlip, Clondalkin, Ballyfermot, Rathfarnham, and Ringsend.
The three BRT routes would run from Blanchardstown to UCD, Clongriffin to Tallaght, and Swords to Dublin city centre.
Orbital routes which avoid the city centre will run from Ranelagh to Drumcondra via Heuston; Dun Laoghaire to Baldoyle via Dundrum, Ballyfermot and Finglas; and UCD to Blanchardstown via Dundrum, Tallaght and Liffey Valley.
Dublin Chamber welcomed the announcement, pointing out that traffic congestion in the Greater Dublin Area costs the economy around €350 million a year, a cost that could rise to €2 billion per annum by 2033 if measures were not taken to reduce congestion.
Chief executive Mary Rose Burke commented: “The bus corridor and BRT proposals announced today represent a valuable step forward. However, ultimately the government will also need to demonstrate its commitment to longer-term solutions such as DART Underground and Metro North. These large-scale projects will be crucial to ensuring that Dublin can compete globally as a truly modern city with world-class infrastructure.”