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Thursday 8 December 2016

Commuters triumph as Dublin Bus rolls back on route changes

Dublin Bus has revised its plans for route changes in the south of the city
Dublin Bus has revised its plans for route changes in the south of the city

Dublin Bus has rolled back on its plans to cut services in south Dublin following public outcry.

The bus company had planned to make extensive changes to its bus routes which would have left some areas without any access to buses.

Hundreds of people attended public-consultation sessions in the area and made submissions to the company.

Dublin Bus has now revealed revised plans that will go to the National Transport Authority.

Route 111 will no longer be withdrawn, it will travel from Dalkey to Cherrywood every hour.

The route and timetable for the 45a will also remain unchanged.

Sallynoggin will keep two bus routes; the number 7 will travel along a new route via the Sally Glen route to the city centre. The 7a will travel from Loughlinstown Park to the city centre via Sallynoggin.

In their newly-published plan, Dublin Bus said that "these changes will improve the reliability and quality of the service".

There will also be an hourly 59 bus from Killiney to Dún Laoghaire. However, the number 8 route will still be cut under the new proposals.

A local campaign group established to save the bus services has welcomed some of the changes, but it is still unhappy with the changes to the number 7 route.

Revised

"They want to cut the number 7 route in two and have just half of them going down the Sally Glen Road - we decided at our meeting that it wasn't good enough," John Downes, from the group, told the Herald.

The group have yet to decide if they will stage more protests over the expected changes.

Local Fianna Fail councillor Cormac Devlin said that the rollback was good news for many of his constituents but that it was to be "cautiously welcomed".

"There is still some concern over the 7 that we need to address. It needs to be clarified if a bus lane will need to be built on the Sally Glen Road as residents are keen not to lose their grass verge.

"Residents are also keen to ensure that it is not going to be whittled down to no service in future. It's certainly to be welcomed that they've made concessions," he added.

Meanwhile, in Dundrum, a similar campaign is under way over the former 16A bus route.

The route was pulled in 2012 when it was amalgamated with the 16 bus route.

However, Sinn Fein councillor Sorcha Nic Chormaic has been petitioning to see its return to the area and also to have it extended.

Committee

The Dundrum area committee has written to Dubin Bus asking them to consider re- instating the bus and extending it to the Dundrum Luas stop.

However, in a letter presented at this week's Dundrum Area Committee meeting Donal Keating, head of operations at Dublin Bus, ruled out restoring the service.

"Dublin Bus has considered several requests to re-introduce the 16a leg of this route, but do not believe this is viable at this time," he wrote.

In a statement, Dublin Bus said that there was no official implementation date for the changes to the south Dubin routes. A spokeswoman also said that there were no plans to re- instate the 16a at this time.

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