Monday 18 December 2017

Bus is more crowded than before, but still the easiest means of travel

Robin Schiller sets off (Gerry Mooney)
Robin Schiller sets off (Gerry Mooney)

The number of people using Dublin Bus, as well the volume of motorists on the roads, is gradually increasing - and it's definitely affecting traffic congestion.

I get the 25a bus at 8.40am in Lucan and it takes several minutes before I join the flow of traffic from Kildare using the N4 to get to Dublin city centre.

Over the last year, the numbers occupying the seats beside me on the bus has increased. Although buses go from Lucan every several minutes during rush-hour traffic, they are all packed by the time they reach the stop at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre.

From there the main issue is crossing the bridge over the M50, with traffic backed up as a result of two sets of lights at the Palmerstown junction.

The N7 towards Naas had a similar issue at Newlands Cross until the introduction of a flyover. That has hugely decreased the tailbacks on the road.

The same option is highly unlikely to be considered for the N4, unfortunately.


However, once you get over this main hurdle the bus journey is a relative breeze, with no bus stops to hold up your commute until you reach the end of Con Colbert Road.

This is followed by small delays heading towards Heuston Station before moving onto the quays, which is a short trip time wise when roadworks aren't being carried out.

In total, the trip takes 40 minutes.

That isn't too bad considering the volume of traffic on the 12km stretch of road to O'Connell Bridge.

The bus has the advantages of the obvious designated lanes to avoid traffic and seems to be the easiest way to get from the suburbs to town via the N4.

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