Originally Posted by Geog1234
Regarding Blanchardstown slip road the hard shoulder of the dual carriageway adjacent to the slip road, which had been used informally as the drop-off point for years, is no longer the "stop" and this has been the case since May when all buses inbound to the city are required to divert up the slip road at Blanchardstown and drop at the Dublin Bus stop (if there are passengers onboard wishing to alight). This stop is mentioned as the drop-off point in the 109 timetable PDF. This is not something at the discretion of individual staff but the only allowable stopping place and, from a safety perspective, seems quite valid. On the few odd occasions I've alighted here (am not a regular user of the stop) trekking from the informal drop-off point on the hard shoulder up the verge of the slip road was at times like trekking through a muddy field so dropping people at a proper stop with a footpath makes a lot more sense if public transport usage is to be encouraged and also from a safety and legal perspective.
But clearly, at the very minimum a few peak-time journeys each way need to be formally designated as Expressway per se and not picking-up/dropping off at all between Navan Square and O'Connell St. Perhaps marked as 109X in the timetable. At present there is no official Express journey on Route 109.
Drivers of such journeys would need to clarify that all passengers were going to O'Connell St. (or further) by an announcement prior to departure from Navan Square.
Totally agree on there been a 109x. There gas thing about this is that they would fill it to the roof if they marketed it and explained it to passengers. Every morning I hear people asking is this the M3 express? But the point you make the its not really an express because it will stop when ever a request is made. Its a pain because most people are going to City Centre.
As for the bus going inbound to city going to the slip road, this has happened only since Thursday.
But a designated 109x would be ideal, no fantastic. I can't see it happneing, though I wonder would a lobby group of passengers using this service be interested in getting this going.