Strong support to move West Dublin bus stop after assaults

by Sylvia Pownall

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Calls to move a West Dublin bus stop which is a notorious spot for assaults and muggings have been backed by councillors living in the area.

Solidarity councillors Matt Waine and Sandra Kavanagh raised the issue at a meeting of the local authority after a young woman was stabbed during a mugging.

Alice Ridsdale-Dooner, 20, was waiting for the No 105 bus home to Ratoath from Blanchardstown when a man emerged from the bushes and attacked her.

He cut her hand with a bread knife in a struggle for her mobile phone and Alice was left traumatised after the incident – the latest in a long list of attacks.

The bus stop is on a slipway which is poorly lit and isolated and an online petition calling for it to be moved has the support of more than 5,500 people.

Last week at a Mulhuddart/Castleknock Area meeting, Cllr Waine urged the local authority to write to Bus Eireann asking for the stop to be moved.

He said: “There have been numerous instances of assaults and robberies on people.

“I do think that it’s a matter of the location of the bus stop itself. There isn’t any lighting, there’s no passive surveillance.

“If [it was located on] the other spur you’d have traffic stopping at the lights, which would act as observation. To leave things as they are now is inviting serious assaults.”

Cllr Paul Donnelly (SF) said there had been a spate of muggings and assaults at the same location over the past 18 months which could be down to the fact that “it’s a very dark, isolated area”.

Members backed the call to write to Bus Eireann. The bus stop serves the 105 for Ashbourne, Ratoath and Drogheda and the 109 to Dunshaughlin, Navan and Kells.

The online petition tells how in March 2016 Bus Eireann moved the stop from the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre without consultation to a slip road which has no shelter, security or CCTV and is dimly lit.

It claims that countless women have spoken about the dangers of waiting for a bus at this location after sunset and that commuters are sitting ducks for crime.

Bus Eireann said its northbound routes out of Dublin do not service Blanchardstown SC “due to major congestion issues there”.

It added that bus stop locations are overseen by the National Transport Authority and public lighting is provided by local authorities.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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