Proposal to cut the number 7, 8, 59 routes

by Aisling Kennedy
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A NUMBER of cuts to local bus routes around the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown area were proposed by Dublin Bus at this week’s Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown council meeting.
The proposed cuts will include the number 7, 8, and 59 bus routes and will affect areas including Dun Laoghaire, Sallynoggin and Loughlinstown.
Cllr Melisa Halpin (PBP) told The Gazette: “We would consider these proposals to be quite serious and we would be quite concerned about them.”
She said if the proposed cuts go ahead, it will mean that the number 7 bus route, that currently runs from the city centre to Loughlinstown, will in effect bypass Sallynoggin and will go down the Sally Glen Road rather than go through Sallynoggin.
The proposed change to the number 59 bus route could potentially leave Killiney village without any bus route as the cut proposes re-routing the bus away from the village and diverting it in another direction.
Dublin Bus has also proposed to cease the number 8 bus route, which currently runs from the city centre to Dalkey.
Cllr Halpin said: “We are quite worried about the changes to all of these routes. If the number 7 bus route is changed, it will mean that Sallynoggin will be left without a direct link into town and, crucially, without a direct link to St Vincent’s hospital. As part of the proposed plans, there is talk about replacing the number 7 bus with the 45A bus route, but that’s not good enough.”
The number 7 bus route currently has a terminus at Loughlinstown Park and Woods, but Dublin Bus has also proposed dividing the terminus between two stops, with 50% of the buses stopping in Loughlinstown Park and Woods and the other 50% stopping in Cherrywood.
Cllr Halpin said: “This basically cuts the service into Loughlinstown Park and Woods by half. This, again, is another highly residential area and these cuts are essentially cuts to our local bus service. People need to get organised and oppose these cuts.”
In reaction to the news that Dublin Bus were proposing to cease the number 8 bus route completely, Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind) said: “The number 8 bus route has historically been a very contentious route.
“It used to be a busy route from Dublin to Dalkey, then some years ago that service was cut in half.
“Promises were made over the past few years that the route would be restored, but it never happened. This route still brings a lot of elderly people to Dalkey, so it should not be cut. I am extremely disappointed with this proposal.”
In response to the proposed changes, Dublin Bus told The Gazette: “In a meeting with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council on Monday, July 6, Dublin Bus proposed various changes to routes within the Dun Laoghaire, Sallynoggin and Loughlinstown areas.
“Discussions are ongoing and we will be inviting customers, in the areas, to meet us to discuss these proposed changes in the near future.”
A period of public consultation will be held soon.

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