'Bendy bus' for northside is a 'second-rate solution'
A PROPOSED "bendy bus" route has been slammed by Rail Users Ireland, who said it would be "a second-rate solution to a first-class problem".
The Herald understands that Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe will make a decision on the controversial Bus Rapid Transit Service for the capital's northside before the Dail closes for the summer.
A consultation process carried out by the National Transport Authority (NTA) asked more than 500 people for their views on the proposed scheme.
It is proposed that routes would run from Swords and the airport to the city centre, Blanchardstown to UCD and Clongriffin to Tallaght and would cost an estimated €650m.
Operated by Swiftway, the Swords route may get the green light from the Department of Transport after taking on board local feedback.
But Rail Users Ireland claims the route ultimately would have "no benefit" for the northside.
"The reality is that if the people accept this bus route then it could detract investment into the Metro North scheme and it could be very difficult to get later on," said spokesperson Mark Gleeson.
"The question is, is this bus going to fit on the current roads, and is it going to serve as a second-rate solution to a first-class problem?
"Every city in Europe bar two now has some sort of rail system operating between the city and the airport, and the fact that we haven't even reached stage one of the process on Metro North yet is pretty shocking."
More than 250 complaints were raised over the service being "an interim solution" that would "lessen the urgency" to develop Metro North.