Monday 19 March 2018

Dublin Bus to use Port Tunnel in rush hours

IT was a long time coming but eventually Dublin Bus has decided to use the Port Tunnel in an effort to speed up some bus journeys. In a move that will be widely welcomed by users of public transport, the bus company has sanctioned the use of the tunnel on a small number of bus routes.

However, after months of negotiations it is possible that the decision which came into effect this week could set a precedent for other routes. Swords commuters have become the first to enjoy a hugely shortened journey to the city centre after the common sense decision to use the tunnel during rush hour periods.

Residents in the area had campaign vigorously to have the 41X express service use the tunnel and save them time sitting in traffic. Eventually, official approval came from the Department of Transport last week, meaning commuters now have two new routes to choose from.

They run from River Valley and Swords Manor serving Boroimhe and Holywell and Seatown Road before taking a shortcut to the city via the Port Tunnel. The move has been warmly welcome by commuters and politicians alike. Local Fianna Fail TD Darragh O'Brien said: "I would like to acknowledge all the work done by the commuters in Swords who lobbied so effectively for these routes.

"Much thanks must go to Dublin Bus for putting their customers first and working so effectively with the Department of Transport to have the 41X reinstated."

His colleague Deputy Michael Kennedy added that the new route "will not be in conflict with the Swords Express Service".

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