Locals attending the BusConnects information session in The Square, Tallaght
Locals attending the BusConnects information session in The Square, Tallaght

Locals are being urged to have their say on the proposed changes to Dublin’s Bus service before the submission deadline in mid-September.

The ambitious BusConnects plan proposes to completely revamp the city’s bus services.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) say the new plan will increase the overall amount of bus services, provide more frequent orbital services and simplify the bus service on key radial corridors.

A number of information sessions were held in the West Dublin area recently to allow the public to view the proposed changes.

The NTA have confirmed that more information sessions will be held in September.

Clondalkin councillor Breeda Bonner (Lab) encouraged people to view the plans as they propose major changes to the local bus routes.

She said: “Some of these are good, e.g., a greater frequency of buses on our major bus routes and bus links to the Luas but some won’t suit everyone, e.g. no bus link between Clondalkin and Rathcoole and no bus connection to the Clondalkin/Fonthill Railway Station.”

David Eaton, recently selected as a Labour Party local election candidate for the new Palmerstown/ Fonthill ward, has called for a feeder bus link to the Clondalkin/Fonthill railway station.

He said that a link with the station was increasingly important as commuter services from there now bring passengers directly into the city centre via the Phoenix Park Tunnel.

“For some people this is by far the fastest way to access the City Centre,” he said.

“A feeder bus to the station could be of great value for many people in South Lucan and Clondalkin, including North Clondalkin, in terms of quick access to the city.”

He added that while he felt there were many good aspects to the BusConnects proposal, it also required improvements.

Tallaght-Central councillor Charlie O’Connor (FF) also urged the public to have their say on the proposals.

Speaking after the public information session held in The Square, Tallaght, he said: “It is hugely important that the people of Tallaght and surrounding areas such as Firhouse and Citywest are given an opportunity to air their concerns about the proposed changes to bus routes.

“There has been much debate and discussion about the recent proposals to change and augment the Dublin Bus network, particularly in Dublin South West.

“Public bus services in Dublin are in dire need of improvement but it’s essential that local commuters, who are directly affected, have their say on these proposed changes.”

Anyone wishing to make a submission in relation to the BusConnects service can do so by visiting www.busconnects.ie.

The closing date for submissions is Friday, September 14.