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Wednesday 20 June 2018

'New Finglas bus link will ease commuter frustration' - Rock

Fine Gael TD Noel Rock
Fine Gael TD Noel Rock

A new bus link connecting Finglas to the extended Luas Green Line will ease commuter frustration, Fine Gael TD Noel Rock has said.

The new Dublin Bus route has reportedly been secured between Finglas and the tram line at Broombridge.

Mr Rock said he met senior management of the bus company last week and outlined his concerns over transport issues between the two routes.

He said he hoped the new link would ease traffic congestion and commuter frustration in the area.

"This is something I've been pushing for since my election to Dail Eireann," he said.

"I'm very satisfied that sense has prevailed.

"I had been on the case to both the National Transport Authority (NTA) and Dublin Bus multiple times on the matter and I'm glad that they've managed to agree that the people of Finglas deserve a direct connection to the Luas."

The new Luas line terminates just 500 metres south of Finglas.

Mr Rock added that the new route is the first step of securing an actual Luas extension to Finglas.

"The new route is certainly a step in the right direction and something I certainly had in mind when I started my 'Fingluas' campaign," he said.

"Luas is a great service and we cannot stop at last month's expansion of the Green Line.

Future

"We must look to what people need in the future and what best works for them.

"The people of Finglas need first-rate transport links into the city centre."

Meanwhile, Dublin Bus told the Herald: "We are aware of requests for such a service and Dublin Bus is in discussions with the NTA on this."

However, the spokesperson stressed that Dublin Bus is awaiting approval and agreement from the NTA in relation to the issue.

As such, Dublin Bus cannot confirm any further details at this point.

Under transport plans, Finglas will ultimately get a Luas service, as the Cross City line is extended north.

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