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  • Northside West

Growth for Dublin Bus and Luas

Thursday, 18th January, 2018 1:00pm
Growth for Dublin Bus and Luas

Dublin Bus provided over 36 million passenger journeys in 2017. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK

Growth for Dublin Bus and Luas

Dublin Bus provided over 36 million passenger journeys in 2017. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK

DUBLIN Bus and Luas had significant increases in passenger numbers last year according to the National Transport Authority (NTA).

Dublin Bus provided the largest number of passenger journeys in 2017 at over 136 million, an increase of more than nine per cent over 2016 and it means the company has had four straight years of passenger growth.

Dublin Bus claims the demand is driven by a continuous focus on enhancing customer experience, greater bus priority measures and the introducing of new modern Euro 6 vehicles as well as the strengthening economy.

 “2017 was a year of strong growth for the company and the city,” said Dublin Bus, CEO Ray Coyne.

“Great cities need great public transport and at Dublin Bus, we are delighted to be playing our role in the success of Dublin.

“With the continued support of the National Transport Authority (NTA) we will build on these positive numbers with further service enhancements planned throughout 2018, to the benefit of Dublin and our customers.”

In order to meet the increase in demand for services, Dublin Bus says it continuously reviews key growth areas across the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) in conjunction with the NTA.

Eighty new buses will be added to the fleet this year on a phased basis from spring, which will further enhance the comfort and reliability of services for customers.

Numbers on Luas increased by 10.26 per cent to 37.6 million in 2017. With the Green Line now extended to Broombridge, and providing interchange with the Red Line and greater connectivity to rail services, those numbers are likely to grow substantially again in 2018.

Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority, said the role of operators and their staff should be acknowledged in the growth in public transport passengers.

 “The figures are a further indication of a clear demand for safe, efficient and reliable public transport services,” she said.

“Particularly so when the public transport alternative is environmentally friendly and offers value for money.

“But we cannot rest on our laurels, and 2018 will be another busy year for the public transport sector.

“In order to meet this increased demand, seven new 55-meter trams will be introduced on the Green Luas line between January and March adding over 2,500 person capacity to the line.”

Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, said the figures demonstrate consistent growth across public transport in Ireland.

He expects the trend will be sustained in coming years as Ireland’s economy grows.

“The launch of Luas Cross City will add an estimated 10 million journeys per year on the Luas network,” the minister said.

“Continuing to invest in the public transport network is a key priority and €2.7 billon will be provided for public transport capital investment over 2018 to 2021.”

Dublin Chamber has welcomed the progress being made in getting more people to use public transport and says the figures send a clear signal to Government that it must invest ambitiously in Dublin’s transport network.

“It is fantastic to see such strong growth in the number of people using public transport,” said Dublin Chamber’s Head of Public Affairs, Graeme McQueen.

“However, imagine what we could achieve if we invested properly across the spectrum of public transport services.

“There are still far too many people in the Greater Dublin Area without an attractive public transport offering.

“If the aim of reducing the dependency on the private car is to be achieved, a properly planned and fully integrated public transport network is essential.

“An additional 400,000 people will be living in the Greater Dublin Area by 2031. We need to plan now for how those people are going to move around Dublin and invest accordingly over the next decade.

“Without proper investment, the public transport network will simply choke.

“The addition of Luas Cross City is hugely welcome, but the investment cannot stop there.

“The Government must now pull the trigger on both the Metro North and Dart Underground projects – investments that we’ve been talking about for up to 50 years.”

 

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