The proposal for the new bus network plans is to scrap the 42 service through Seabury in Malahide and curtail services to outlying areas of Dublin 15.
The National Transport Authority’s (NTA) blueprint for a radical overhaul of bus routes in the capital was met with scathing criticism when it was unveiled on Monday.
The BusConnects plan includes rerouting the 42 bus away from Seabury and Yellow Walls, leaving residents without a direct public transport link to the city centre.
Local resident James Doyle told Dublin Gazette: “The proposals are absolute madness. According to the CSO, there are more than 1,600 households in the area in question.
“Many people commute from this part of Malahide for both work and education and are dependent on the 42 bus. This will seriously inconvenience them.”
Financial adviser James (29) added: “I’ve lived in Seabury all my life and I remember a time not so long ago that there were practically zero buses through the area.
“Residents fought long and hard to get the 42 rerouted along Yellow Walls Road and Seabury. It has been a great success, and is well used. This proposed change is a retrograde step and must be fought.”
James, who describes himself as an “unaligned activist”, says he will campaign for the 42 route to be retained and encourages others to make their views known when public consultation opens on July 15.
Dublin West TD Joan Burton is also calling on commuters to have their say on the radical redesign, which will end the numbering system and see routes to Dublin 15 called B1, B2, B3 and B4.
The Labour TD acknowledged the need to review and expand the bus service and welcomed the new fare structure which includes a 90-minute fare which allows you unlimited transfers between buses and Luas trams.
But she added: “Outlying areas such as Hollystown, Laraghcon and Littlepace will have shuttle buses with much lower frequencies of 40-60 minutes. Parents in particular have concerns around children transferring on bus routes, along with wheelchair users.”
Deputy Burton said she had asked the NTA to extend the consultation period until the autumn and she urged locals to study the plans and make submissions.
The bus network is being redesigned in an attempt to make bus routes simpler for tourists to understand and more efficient, with fewer overlapping routes.
One of the main features proposed is seven ‘super-frequent spines’ designated by letters A to G which would flow through the city centre and have buses every four to eight minutes.
However, some commuters will lose direct routes to the city centre and will be forced to change buses along the way.
The consultation period begins on Monday, July 16, and continues for nine weeks until Friday, September 14. For further information, see www.busconnects.ie