Call for better bus service for Stepaside area

by Rebecca Ryan

There is a call for the “lack of decent bus service” for the Stepaside area to be “addressed.”

Local councillor Lettie McCarthy (LAB) said there is a “terrible” bus service for Stepaside, Kilternan, Glenamuck and Carrickmines.

She said she in inundated with complains from constituents about the poor bus service which is having a negative impact on their lives.

“There has been a huge population increase in the Stepaside, Kilternan, Glenamuck and Carrickmines areas but despite lots of talk about sustainable travel and encouraging people to use public transport, the Government have failed to provide it.

“We have a number of irregular bus services where more often than not the timetabled services don’t show when they are meant to.

“I am inundated with complaints from constituents about the poor bus service for our area and the impact it has having on their lives.

“For example, on a regular basis some of the scheduled 47 bus services will fail to show, and people are being left stranded at bus stops, delayed for college, work or hospital appointments. This is despite the 47 only operating a very intermittent and irregular timetable as it is.

“It is also causing difficult for home care providers who rely on public transport but the unreliable service is leaving vulnerable people without support at home.

“There are simply not enough services on the 47 route or the 114 route,” said Cllr McCarthy.

She is calling on the Minister for Transport to “resolve” the matter.

Minister for Transport Shane Ross told Dublin Gazette that he has made submissions to improve the bus services in the area.

“There is a need to increase capacity and service on the 47 route. People in Kilternan, Stepaside and Leopardstown are frequently unable to get the bus at peak times because of capacity issues and this situation must be rectified.

“On foot of constituent queries my office has asked for additional services along the 47 bus route at peak times.”

He also encouraged members of the public to submit their thoughts on Bus Connects to consultations@busconnects.ie or write to, Dublin Area Bus Network Redesign, National Transport Authority, Dún Scéine, Harcourt Lane, D02 WT20.

Minister Ross full statement

“I have made submissions regarding the necessity to continue to improve the bus services in the area. There is a need to increase capacity and service on the 47 route. People in Kilternan, Stepaside and Leopardstown are frequently unable to get the bus at peak times because of capacity issues and this situation must be rectified.

“On foot of constituent queries my office has asked for additional services along the 47 bus route at peak times.

“In the last draft of the BusConnects plan many people were worried about the changes to the 47 bus route saying that there would no longer be a link to St Vincent’s Hospital or local schools. I have outlined how there is a need to keep routes linked to hospitals and schools. This oversight seems to be rectified in the revised plans as the 213 now goes to St Vincent’s Hospital. There will be an additional service along this route at peak times with the 313 doing the same route from Kilternan but terminating at UCD. This will provide additional service and capacity along this route.

“The 44 is another bus that serves Stepaside and Kilternan and is also quite infrequent. In the last draft of the BusConnects plan this route, which goes from Enniskerry to DCU via Dundrum and the city centre, was removed. Again I highlighted this in my submission, pointing out that it would remove the connection to Dundrum and the city centre for local residents. This situation has been rectified with the 12 bus going from Enniskerry to Mountjoy Square via Kilternan, Stepaside, Belarmine, Sandyford Village and Dundrum.

“Glencullen is currently served by the 44b which operates five times a day. It connects residents of Glencullen, Ballyedmonduff and Barnacullia to Dundrum. In the last Bus Connects plan this service was removed. I also highlighted this in my submission and the 198 bus service was added in the revised plans.

“The 213 and 313 will service the top of Glenamuck Road at the junction with Kilternan at the Golden Ball. Glenamuck Road itself will be serviced by the 226 which will go to Blackrock DART station every 30 minutes. The 226 will operate via Carrickmines and Cornelscourt and Deansgrange. The 226 will also link in with the green line Luas at Carrickmines.

“The current Government is committed to major investment in public transport under its national development plan – a plan that will add capacity and new buses to better service the residents in the locality.

“A second public consultation will take place and I encourage members of the public to submit their thoughts for consideration before the deadline of Tuesday December 3rd 2019.

“This will be the final public consultation. Have your say by emailing consultations@busconnects.ie, complete the feedback form on www.busconnects.ie or write to: Dublin Area Bus Network Redesign, National Transport Authority, Dún Scéine, Harcourt Lane, D02 WT20”.

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