Fingal to keep crucial bus routes as new Bus Connects plans are published

by Gary Ibbotson

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has revealed a revised Bus Connects plan which sees the addition of more bus routes in North Co. Dublin as well as the retention of some routes that were previously scheduled to be removed from service.

Announcing the plans on Tuesday, October 22, the NTA says that it received over 50,000 public submissions regarding the new bus corridor. A large percentage of these concerned the potential termination of currently operating services.

The contested 33X route, which runs from Customs House Quay to Skerries will be kept on but will be renamed the 385 and will now run from Skerries to UCD.

A new 383 route will also be introduced which will provide a direct service into Dublin City from Portrane and Donabate but will only run at peak times.

In addition to the previously proposed seven core ‘spine’ corridors, a new H Spine will be implemented. As part of the H Spine, the H2 route will run from Malahide and Portmarnock into Lower Abbey Street that will operate every 30 minutes.

A local route, running to DCU from Swords, the 280 will also be introduced.

Speaking on the revised route, local Fine Gael senator, James Reilly said: “Various residents raised the issue with me that college students, in particular students going to DCU and UCD, needed to take two buses to get to college.

“I am delighted that the new 280 route will run to DCU every 40 minutes, and peak hour services to the city centre will terminate at UCD. This is great news for students of both colleges”, he said.

Local Fianna Fail TF, Darragh O’Brien says that he is pleased with the changes made.

“I want to welcome the significant changes made to the Bus Connects routes in Dublin Fingal.

“These changes address most of the concerns that I and my colleagues along with residents all across the north county raised during the consultation process.

“We now have direct buses back from Donabate and Portrane, Skerries, Rush, Lusk, Kinsealy, Portmarnock and the Seabury area of Malahide. There will also be a direct bus service for the Rolestown area and increased services to Swords.”

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