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New Dublin Bus Route 53A

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,907 ✭✭✭Stephen15


    This seems up there with the 221 as the most pointless DB ever conceived. Is there any demand on this route not currently fulfilled by the 53, 151 or the Luas.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,398 ✭✭✭StreetLight


    Well, the 151 only handily serves the Point and Docklands Station in one direction, so I suppose it's something.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,679 ✭✭✭✭Jamie2k9


    Catering for the unemployed inner city folk with that schedule :p

    Meanwhile DB and NTA delaying 24hr routes for this crap.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,907 ✭✭✭Stephen15


    Jamie2k9 wrote: »
    Catering for the unemployed inner city folk with that schedule :p

    Meanwhile DB and NTA delaying 24hr routes for this crap.

    To be fair it will probably only require 1 bus but 1 bus that could be better used elsewhere.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,679 ✭✭✭✭Jamie2k9


    Stephen15 wrote: »
    To be fair it will probably only require 1 bus but 1 bus that could be better used elsewhere.

    Indeed capacity isn't the problem. Stinks of parish pump politics unless DB have a compelling business case that we don't know about.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,907 ✭✭✭Stephen15


    Jamie2k9 wrote: »
    Indeed capacity isn't the problem. Stinks of parish pump politics unless DB have a compelling business case that we don't know about.

    I don't ever remember hearing any calls for this bus route by councillors or TDs. It seems like a ridiculous idea for a new route just like the 221 which was a 3 minute tour of Ballymun and scrapped after 6 months. This route doesn't even worth the ink to print timetables for it never mind fuel, drivers wages etc. I'd say it will a handy duty for whatever driver gets the honours of doing a round on it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,261 ✭✭✭bikeman1


    Are they actually having a laugh? That is going to be the most pointless route in the city?

    Who comes up with these ideas?

    A nice linking route from Ballymun Road / Griffith Avenue, linking across Griffith Avenue, Swords Road, Malahide Road and loop into Fairview and back up the Howth Road, Copeland Rd and return would be brilliant. Instead we get this hair brained nonsense that will carry nobody.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 876 ✭✭✭Lord Glentoran


    If they restored the 53B as a direct link to and from The Point Luas and Stena/Irish Ferries sailings it would be some use.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,907 ✭✭✭Stephen15


    If they restored the 53B as a direct link to and from The Point Luas and Stena/Irish Ferries sailings it would be some use.

    Thought that still ran by Morton's not DB as it's a service contracted by Irish Ferries.


  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 11,593 Mod ✭✭✭✭devnull


    Looks suspiciously like an attempt to find a driver / bus work between peak hour runs using existing resources.

    Won't require any extra buses or drivers in that respect most likely.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 311 ✭✭Geog1234


    Stephen15 wrote: »
    Thought that still ran by Morton's not DB as it's a service contracted by Irish Ferries.

    Still runs and is now branded Ferrylink. It serves both Terminal 2 (Stena Line) and Terminal 1 (Irish Ferries).


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 876 ✭✭✭Lord Glentoran


    Geog1234 wrote: »
    Still runs and is now branded Ferrylink. It serves both Terminal 2 (Stena Line) and Terminal 1 (Irish Ferries).

    Let’s have a look..oh yes it’s the weird Morton’s one that connects with Connolly on the way into town, but not on the way out.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,679 ✭✭✭✭Jamie2k9


    devnull wrote: »
    Looks suspiciously like an attempt to find a driver / bus work between peak hour runs using existing resources.

    Won't require any extra buses or drivers in that respect most likely.

    That's exactly what it however doesn't really answer the question about the rational behind the route.

    Is it PSO service?


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,813 ✭✭✭✭loyatemu


    This is the most bizarre bus route I've ever seen, what possible rationale is there for running this? Only 5 off-peak services a day, no weekend service. Is it some sort of pensioner special?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,504 ✭✭✭john boye


    loyatemu wrote: »
    This is the most bizarre bus route I've ever seen, what possible rationale is there for running this? Only 5 off-peak services a day, no weekend service. Is it some sort of pensioner special?

    I'd say the only pensioner on it will be the driver.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,679 ✭✭✭✭Jamie2k9


    Didn't want to start a new topic but saw a 67 with while on black displays instead of usual orange. Presume orange will be phased out?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,907 ✭✭✭Stephen15


    Jamie2k9 wrote: »
    Didn't want to start a new topic but saw a 67 with while on black displays instead of usual orange. Presume orange will be phased out?

    They are trailing it on SG471 based in Phibsboro. Weird thing about it is the rear and back displays are the usual orange and only the front is white.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,287 ✭✭✭cgcsb


    Why bring out these new routes when the network is to be phased out, starting 18 months from now and we've yet to get a solitary 24 hour route.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,907 ✭✭✭Stephen15


    cgcsb wrote: »
    Why bring out these new routes when the network is to be phased out, starting 18 months from now and we've yet to get a solitary 24 hour route.

    It won't be as near as 18 months likely be 2023 or 2024 now according to the NTA


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,679 ✭✭✭✭Jamie2k9


    Stephen15 wrote: »
    They are trailing it on one of the SG471 based in Phibsboro. Weird thing about it is the rear and back displays are the usual orange and only the front is white.

    Its way clearer but looks a little odd with DB livery but could be me used to been in London.


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  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 67,923 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011


    Stephen15 wrote: »
    They are trailing it on SG471 based in Phibsboro. Weird thing about it is the rear and back displays are the usual orange and only the front is white.

    Just went past me - did seem slightly different but probably wouldn't have noticed without the mentions here. Looks slightly more readable


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,907 ✭✭✭Stephen15


    L1011 wrote: »
    Looks slightly more readable

    More so at night


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,907 ✭✭✭Stephen15




  • Registered Users Posts: 777 ✭✭✭machaseh


    Serving that area is actually not a bad idea, but the bus should go much further than Talbot street. How about making it go to Beaumont Hospital and Castletimmon instead and then cutting the 27B loopyloop route so it can go more directly, for example.


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