Concerns have been raised that local residents will miss out on the public consultation process for the National Transport Authority’s overhaul of the Dublin Bus network.
BusConnects recently announced a number of information sessions would take place across Dublin, allowing people to voice their opinions on the proposed new service.
But with only one information session happening at Liffey Valley on Friday, August 17, local TD John Curran has expressed concern that residents in Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Rathcoole, Saggart, and Newcastle will miss out on their opportunity to have their say on the new service.
He said: “While this might appear to be a central meeting point for this area, it is however not that beneficial to the vast majority of Lucan and Clondalkin residents.
“Furthermore, I am also concerned about residents in further outlying and remote areas such as Rathcoole, Saggart and Newcastle, residents in these areas would be better served by a more localised location for a future local information session.
A BusConnects spokesperson said there may be more events planned in September.
Deputy Curran said he was requesting that some of these sessions be held closer to Lucan and Clondalkin villages.
“To this end, I have contacted the NTA’s BusConnects Section requesting that more localised locations in our villages are considered for future local information sessions,” he said.
“Local residents need to be informed as best as possible about these changes and encouraged to have their say as much as possible.”
Deputy Curran had previously urged people to have their say on the proposed changes and expressed doubt as to whether Dublin Bus were capable of providing the services envisaged under the new plan.
“The increase in capacity in recent years has lagged behind the increase in demand,” he said.
“We need to ensure that the necessary resources are in place to allow Dublin Bus deliver a fully functioning service on the re-designed network.
“The plan itself acknowledges that for it to succeed, there must be key improvements to the existing transport network, including a new interchange at Liffey Valley and expansions at other interchanges, including those in Tallaght and Blanchardstown.”