The switchover of 24 routes to Go-Ahead will free up resources in Dublin Bus which has allowed NTA to approve a major expansion programme including significant frequency improvements on 25 separate Dublin Bus routes including 3 brand new routes.
NTA Chief Executive Officer Anne Graham said: “In the coming weeks and months, we will see a very substantial increase in frequency and service levels on about 50 bus routes in Dublin, operated under the Transport for Ireland brand, by both Dublin Bus and Go-Ahead Ireland.
“This is the single biggest programme of service improvements that the NTA has ever approved and it is indicative of the level of commitment we have to making the bus service better for more passengers across the network in Dublin."
The routes due for frequency improvements with dates and further info when available
Route 1 - Santry to Sandymount via City Centre (October)
Route 4 - Harristown to Monkstown via Ballymun Road, City Centre and Ballsbridge
Route 13 – Harristown to Grange Castle via Ballymun Road, City Centre and Clondalkin
Route 14 – Ardlea Road to Dundrum via Malahide Road, City Centre and Rathmines (October)
Route 15 - Clongriffin to Ballycullen Road via Malahide Road, City Centre and Rathmines (October)
Route 15A – Limekiln Avenue to Ringsend Road via Rathmines and City Centre (October)
Route 15B – Stocking Avenue to Ringsend Road via Rathmines and City Centre (October)
Route 16 – Dublin Airport to Ballinteer via Santry, City Centre and Rathfarnham
Route 25a – Lucan Esker to Merrion Square via Chapelizod Bypass and City Centre
Route 25b – Adamstown to Merrion Square via Chapelizod Bypass and City Centre
Route 26 – Palmerstown to Merrion Square via Chapelizod Village and City Centre
Route 27 – Clarehall to Jobstown via Malahide Road, City Centre, Crumlin and Tallaght (October)
Route 38 – Damastown to Burlington Road via New Cabra Road, Phibsborough and City Centre
Route 38a – Damastown to Burlington Road via New Cabra Road, Phibsborough and City Centre
Route 39a – Ongar to UCD Belfield via Blanchardstown Centre, Old Cabra Road and City Centre
Route 54a – Kiltipper to Pearse Street via Tallaght and Harold’s Cross
Route 66 - Maynooth to Merrion Square via Chapelizod Village and City Centre
Route 66a – Leixlip Captain’s Hill to Merrion Square via Chapelizod Village ad City Centre
Route 66b – Leixlip Castletown to Merrion Square via Chapelizod Village and City Centre
Route 70 – Dunboyne to Burlington Road via Blanchardstown Bypass, Old Cabra Road and City Centre
Route 83 – Harristown to Kimmage via Glasnevin, Phibsboro and City Cetre
Route 84/a – Newcastle to Blackrock via Greystones and Bray
The new routes will be:
Route 40e – Tyrellstown to Broombridge Luas via West Finglas
Route 45 - Bray DART Station to Ikea via N11/Stillorgan Road, City Centre and Ballymun
Route 66e – Maynooth to Merrion Square via Glen Easton, Chapelizod Village and City Centre.
The increases will happen on a phased basis between now and the end of January, updates will be posted on the Commuting and Transport forum when things are finalised but you should also check the operators site and the Transport for Ireland site regularly.
(Source: NTA Press Release)
The proposed route 45 sounds almost exactly like the proposed Bus Connects E1. I wonder what it's frequency will be it sounds like a potential replacement for the 145 eventually.
It's every 15 minutes, was told it would be number 155 instead of 45 so not to cause any confusion.
It would be great if the 84 could be given a 30-minute frequency and a timetable that allows for an easy connection to the 45 at Bray station. Could become a halfway worthwhile route again.
some earlier starts but still no week night late buses.
Interworked with the 184 for a 15 minute frequency between Bray and Greystones.
They could also go for 146 or 46 too which might also be suitable as a route number. I see where they're coming from alright this proposed 45 doesn't have much resemblance with the old 45 other than the fact they both serve Bray or the 45a either.
I would assume the routing will serve DCU which would a good link between the two universities. It would give the Southside a frequent link to DCU for those not served by the 4 and the North side a link to UCD.
Hopefully this expansion will be taken into when the revised Bus Connects route plans are being drawn up.
The 155 (45) is scheduled to start at the beginning of January when the last of the 10%are handed over to go ahead.
I'm more talking about the expansion in service in general as many of the spine routes will need frequency tables updated when Bus Connects is revised to reflect the increase in service.
An additional route through Leixlip and yet no improvements on the 67 is really disappointing.
Yep, I don't know how the residents of Celbridge keep getting shafted. The 67 is a nightmare of a bus, it never keeps to schedule due to the varying traffic along the route. Even three buses an hour rather than two would help morale of commuters relying on that bus. Busconnects is making their commute even worse, with their bus now routing through Leixlip as well, giving them another traffic bottleneck. They should make all the 66/67 routes bypass both Lucan village and Chapelizod, the bus journey times are unnecessarily long at the moment.
I do welcome the 66E though, it is needed, the people of Easton have no bus service apart from some 66x buses, which often don't show in the morning. With all the new developments planned in the area it is needed. A similar service for Aghards road route in Celbridge would be great.
What are they doing with the 16? It would be great if it ran a) earlier and b) later, so it would be possible to reach 8am flights in time, and to get home to the southwestside after flights coming in at 11pm.
Have the timetables been published? Frequencies of the new routes etc?
They will be published in phases between now and January, since this increase will be dependent on drivers and vehicles being freed up when outer metropolitan routes transfer to Go-Ahead Ireland.
If you look at the table of routes getting an increase, the ones that we have timetables or details for already are a link to the further information, if there is no link it means that there is no information as of yet.
Since the Go-Ahead transfers are indicative dates for November and January, tey could slip or change slightly and that would effect the DB expansion time, plus rosters need to be worked out and agreed within DB.