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  • Northside West

New bus corridor details published

Tuesday, 20th November, 2018 8:00am
New bus corridor details published
New bus corridor details published

DETAILS of emerging preferred routes for bus corridors that will have a major impact on Northside areas were published last week.

The NTA’s BusConnects plans for two routes from Blanchardstown and Swords to the city centre are amongst four of 16 corridors now open for public consultation.

Locals have until February 15 to make submissions and observations on the proposed corridors aimed at making bus services faster and more frequent.

The Blanchardstown corridor will start at the South Blanchardstown Road junction with the N3 and from there go to a new terminus at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre.a

Buses will then travel along the N3 Navan Road to the Old Cabra Road, continuing along, Prussia Street, Manor Street and Blackhall Place before joining bus lanes in the city centre on the North Quays.

The eight-kilometre journey into the city will take around 30 minutes compared to the hour or more that it currently takes.

The Swords to City Centre corridor will start at the Swords Road at the Pinnock Hill junction and run down Swords Road, Drumcondra Road and Dorset Street.

Busses will then travel on North Frederick Street and Parnell Square East before joining bus lanes in the city centre.

The 12 kilometre journey into the city from Swords currently takes over 70 minutes and the new corridor is expected to reduce this to around 40 minutes.

Creating the new corridors will mean major road works in many areas, so-called ‘land takes’ that include some property owners losing between 1-3 metres of gardens, the removal of a number of trees along the route and the loss of some on-street parking.

Dublin North West, Noel Rock (FG), says some of the details on the Swords route will be of huge concern to residents in Santry.

“While it’s good to get the details out there, and to allay concerns of some residents, there is still a huge problem with regard to making Swords Road a one-way street for private vehicles,” he explained.

“I am content that the proposed acquisition of land along this route is not a bad as initially feared, but I am still massively concerned about the proposed one-way system.

“I fear any such system will force rat running in quiet residential roads just off Swords Road and will be a massive disruption to these quiet residential communities.

“It is worth noting that businesses along the route have estimated that this could affect their turnover by as much as 40 percent and potentially force closures.

“Businesses on the affected stretch include Omni Park Shopping Centre.”

However, the NTA is warning that long-term viability of the city will suffer if the bus transport system isn’t radically changed.

“With the city set to grow by 25 percent by 2040, the level of congestion will increase, and people’s quality of life will be eroded unless we take the appropriate actions now,” said CEO of the NTA, Anne Graham.

“Unless we transform our transport infrastructure, travelling by bus will become slower, less reliable and more frustrating for the increasing numbers wishing to use sustainable transport in and out of the city.”

The NTA say demand for bus services in Blanchardstown increased by 15 percent between 2014-17 and 11 percent in Swords over the same period.

Property owners potentially affected by the four routes now undergoing public consultation have been notified and one-to-one meetings offered with those potentially impacted.

Community information sessions will be held along the routes in early January.

The Emerging Preferred Routes for two other Northside corridors will be published in mid-February in the third phase of consultations.

Locals will then be able to have their say on the Ballymun to City Centre and Finglas to Phibsborough routes until the end of April. 

More details on the BusConnects proposals can be found at www.busconnects.ie.

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