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10-04-2019, 09:57   #1
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Bus Stop Of The Month

A new feature I thought I would start, which acts as a counterpoint to Throwback Thursday. That is about us in the present looking back at the past, whereas this is finding relics of the past that are still with us in the present.

To begin with, we start on Gilford Park in Sandymount. This bus stop was served by the original route 52 which connected the City Centre with Sandymount. The last 52 served this stop on 1st February 1986 when the route was changed to connect Kilmacud with Sydney Parade. It is interesting that the bus stop was repainted green at least a year later when Dublin Bus started in February 1987. Some of the original CIE navy blue is also visible. 05/04/2019

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Our second bus stop of the month is on Amiens Street in Dublin City Centre. This bus stop retains its id number of 1501. It was formerly served by route 90 which connects the stations of Dublin Connolly with Dublin Heuston, via Tara Street. 1501 was in use when 'The Ramp' still existed at Connolly, a roadway that rose up from Amiens Street to the main station entrance. This was the first stop after leaving Connolly and is opposite Bus Aras. When the Luas works removed the ramp, and the tram connected the two main stations in the early 2000s, the 90 reduced in frequency and ceased to use 1501. The bus stop retains its Dublin Bus blue paint which came after the green era.

Stop 1500 is still in service at Connolly Station on Amiens Street and 1502 is on George's Quay at Tara Street Station. 07/04/19

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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

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This month we are going back to green. This bus stop is located on Victoria Road in Clontarf. It used to be served by route 44A until that route was absorbed into City Imp route 130 in 1996. The 44A connected the City Centre with Mount Prospect Avenue in Clontarf, serving Haddon Road, Victoria Road, Castle Avenue, Blackheath Park and Seafield Road. When the 130 started, it represented a merging of the 44A with the 30 and Haddon Road and Victoria Road lost their bus services. The part of Castle Avenue in the background is still served by the 104 today.
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Two for the price of one this month. and also our first yellow bus stops. Corn Exchange Place might also be the closest this feature gets to the City Centre, being a mere 250 metres from O'Connell Bridge. The road is located between Poolbeg Street and Burgh Quay, both busy bus routes, but is sort of tucked away out of site. For decades the Irish Press Building stood on the right-hand side of the photograph but was demolished and replaced by the Garda National Immigration Bureau building in the early 2000s. Over the years this road served as the terminus for routes such as the 45, 84X and 134.
The 45 connected the City Centre with Bray. In 2009 that route was cut back from the city and terminated in Ballsbridge, before later that year returning to Merrion Square. The 84X is an Xpresso route to various towns in north Wicklow. By 2012 it had moved its terminus to Grafton Street, outside Trinity College. In 2017 it moved to Hawkins Street, around the corner from Corn Exchange Place. The 134 was the City Imp route to Finglas. In the early 2000s it was merged with the 83 and became a cross-city route.
In the foreground is stop 4483, while the stop in the background has no identification number. The nearest active stops in the Real Time Passenger Information system are 4481 and 4485, both in Cabra. 08/06/2019

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As far as I know the frame of the old Press building was retained and reshelled, possibly due to the structure being too strong to quickly demolish - having been built to carry printing presses and paper stock etc.

That said I may be misremembering that!
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Another two for one this month, and a chance to see stops that were once busy now unserved. In the foreground is stop 7190 while in the background is stop 101. Both are located on Sillogue Road, behind the former Ballymun Shopping Centre. 7190 itself is a replacement for another bus stop that once stood here which had a similar bus shelter to 101 in the background. The stops at this location were once the main stops for the centre of Ballymun. However when the regeneration project started in the late-1990s/early-2000s, iot was not just the high-rise flats that were demolished. The roundabout on the Ballymun Road at the shopping centre was removed and a new cross junction was installed connecting Balbutcher Lane, Shangan Road and Ballymun Road. Buses were therefore diverted away from Sillogue Road and these bus stops.
Over the years these stops were used by routes 13, 13A, 36, 36A and 220. However the last route to serve these stops was one of the most pointless routes ever - 221. It ran from Shangan Road to Sillogue Road with a journey time of less than 5 minutes. It was the shortest route in Dublin. It ran from October 2011 to May 2012. It might have been for this route that stop 7190 was installed. Its high number contrasting with the older 101.
Stop 7190 is in current Dublin Bus yellow, and stop 101 has a yellow head. However the shelter is CitySwift blue whcih was introduced in the mid-1990s and specifically referred to the 13/A here.
13/04/2019

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