This month we are in my home town of Balbriggan, and have a bit of a mystery. I believe this is one of the rare bus stops that was installed but never used. Let me explain why. The 33 has served Balbriggan for many decades. In the early days it terminated on Dublin Street outside the Bank Of Ireland, and did a loop around the town to get to and from that stop. Therefore as it arrived into the terminus it would have passed the location of this bus stop on Hampton Street. However, in the mid to late 1980s the terminus moved to the opposite side of Dublin Bus. Therefore the outbound 33 used the other lane on Hampton Street and this bus stop would not have been served.
To odd a further complication to this mystery, this bus stop has a number - 6046. With such a high number, it means it dates from the 1990s (if not later). Most new bus stops now are in the 7000s. Therefore this stop dates from after the 33 passed this way. The current Dublin Bus stop list has no 6045, but 6044 is located in Dundrum near the Luas stop. Incrementing, there is no active 6047 but there is a 6048. It is in Balbriggan but it does not exist, nor has it ever. The map locates it on Dublin Street between the 33 terminus and the junction with Old Market Green. It even is shown on the internal display on the 33 as a stop.
I believe the mystery of stop 6046 dates back to when the 33 relocated its terminus in Balbriggan from opposite the Bank of Ireland to the church where it is now. I think the relocation was due to roadworks taking place in the town and there were a number of options considered to reroute the 33. Going back via Hampton Street was one of them and this stop was installed to facilitate that, but instead the present routing was chosen instead and 6046 has never seen a passenger. It would also explain why it is blue as that was the colour of that era (early 2000s).
If anyone knows anything more, please leave a comment below. 06/04/19
Bus Stop Of The Month (3)
by Cathal O'Brien
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