Nitelink bus services scheduled to return this weekend

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

A forgotten feature of Dublin’s night-life, the Nitelink, is scheduled to recommence  tomorrow Friday, Oct 22, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has confirmed.

The 16 Nitelink bus routes have not been in operation since Ireland’s first stage of lockdown in March 2020. The service accommodates those who work shifts requiring travel at night or in the early morning and supports the night time economy.

Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan TD, has welcomed the NTA decision to recommence Nitelink Bus Services from Friday, subject to a final government decision on further reopening of the economy.

The Nitelink service is operated by Dublin Bus and is expected to provide late night buses on weekend nights across 16 routes in the greater Dublin area. This will make a welcome addition to the 24-hour services, routes 39a, 41 and 15, which are already currently in operation seven days a week.

Minister Ryan said: “The restoration of Nitelink will provide public transport in Dublin on weekend nights into the early hours of the morning. While government still has to make a final decision on reopening after considering public health advice, we want to be ready to provide a service when the night-time economy reopens.”

The Nitelink bus service is in addition to a number of 24-hour services which are already operating seven days a week. As we continue the roll out of BusConnects Dublin, we will introduce further 24 hour services which will complement this existing overnight offering.”

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