Originally Posted by candy19
Thanks for bringing up this topic!
I have used this service for the past four years or so mainly on a weekly basis, now I'm glad to say it's more like every six weeks due to the reason OP has brought up!
I as well as many of my friends who would have also travelled as frequently as myself complained on numerous ocassions to Bus Eireann inspectors in both Dublin and in Donegal about the current route.
The motorway opened in June of last year and as of yet they still havn't followed up on the 'authorisation' that they need to use the Motorway!
At the minute, they are timing the new route, which is supposed to operate as normal until you get to Virginia and then onto the motorway, take the slip road into Kells, then back out onto the motorway.
After this, they are planning to go back into Navan to go over Kentstown, to go to Dublin airport.
This is in no way going to shorten the Journey time for passangers! I myself have suggested to the inspectors to pull back the 109A service to Cavan Town as this is what is primarily holding up our journey.
From what I see, if Bus Eireann are willing to pay the toll charges why not make the most of using the motorway.
If the 109 and 109A ran from Cavan Town there would be no reason for the 30 to stop in Cavan except for the 10/15 min break which the driver has to take.
Also, regarding the airport there is no need for the 30 to divert back into Kentstown, there is a road as you come in before Blanchardsown it takes you straight to the airport in ten mins!!
Its about time Bus Eireann got their act together and listened to there customers!!
From Dublin Airport to Navan the current route taken via the N2 and Kentstown is about as quick as any other. M50-N3 (which would be the route I'd take as it would be more comfortable for the passengers and less prone to random delays) may be 5 minutes quicker but that would be about it. Not sure what road from before Blanch you are talking about, presumably around the industrial complexes north of Blanch and straight across Kilshane cross. These are crap roads, full of HGVs and I guarantee you it is quicker to Navan from Kilshane via the N2 than doing this, at least in a bus.
Regarding using the M3 in full I agree with you completely, all the route 30 services should be non-stop from Cavan or Virginia at least. Using the M3 and serving Navan and Kells is pointless, any time saved on the motorway is lost on the longer journey and countless roundabouts used to get in and out of the towns.
To be honest complaining to the inspectors and drivers about all this is pointless, it is the senior management making these decisions and they do not even bother to consult with us lowly drivers before changing theese timetables, nor do they bother to get a bus out and time these routes either which leads to the almost inevitable reality that the new improved timetables are even worse than the old ones with wildly inaccurate running times meaning buses are unable to keep time on some routes and running early meaning sitting around at certain points for no good reason.
If you really want to complain about this don't bother with the ground staff, most of us who still give a damn are as annoyed by the stupid routes and timetables as you are but we have no say in the matter. Go write a letter to the senior management as these are the people responsible for the timetables. I doubt it would do much good TBH as I believe these people are working to an agenda that has little to do with actually providing the best service possible to our customers but it is still more likely to get your opinion to thise who make these decisions than ranting at powerless inspectors.