Bus Connects proposals ‘significant win for the community’

by Rebecca Ryan

The National Transport Authority’s revised Bus Connects proposals for the redesign of the Dublin Bus network is a “significant win for the community,” according to local councillor, Cormac Devlin (FF).

The revised proposals will see the No 7 route from Loughlinstown Park to the City Centre retained and the No 4 route from the City Centre extended from Monkstown to Sallynoggin, via Rochestown Avenue.

The changes follow a massive campaign, where 50,000 submissions were received by the NTA in response to their initial proposals last year.

It is understood the majority of the submissions from the Dún Laoghaire area cited the loss of the Nos 7 and 4 routes.

Welcoming the revised proposals, Cllr Devlin, who hosted six public meetings about the initial proposals last year, told Dublin Gazette it is great news for the community.

“This is great news for Sallynoggin, with the introduction of a new high frequency route to the City Centre going right through the area. This is a significant win for the community in Sallynoggin.

“The new route will join the old No 4 route at Stradbrook roundabout and run into town, every 10-15 minutes, retaining that part of Monkstown’s direct link with the City Centre.

“I am also pleased to see the No 7 route from Loughlinstown Park has been retained and that the 45A will still service Tesco Ballybrack. This is another win for the community.”

Cllr Devlin said that major challenges in Bus Connects still remain, including the abolition of the No 111 route, and is calling for changes to be made.

“The NTA propose to abolish the No 111 route, an orbital route linking Dalkey, Sandycove, Glasthule and Dún Laoghaire with Loughlinstown Hospital and Bride’s Glen Luas stop”. 

“There are also issues with frequencies, the No 7 will only be hourly. This is completely insufficient for residents in Loughlinstown and Ballybrack.

“The 59 route was originally supposed to be every half hour, but in the revised proposal it is hourly. There is real anger in the community that the Killiney-Dalkey-Loughlinstown area is losing the 111 and being left with just hourly services. It isn’t good enough and will have to change.”

He is encouraging locals to check out the plans and make a submission, before December 3, at www.busconnects.ie

Cllr Devlin has hosted two public meetings with Cllr Michael Clark on the revised proposals, and the final meeting with Cllr Kate Feeney takes place on Monday 25 November at 8pm in the Wishing Well, Blackrock.

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