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  • Southside

Bus services rerouted from College Green

Monday, 29th January, 2018 1:00pm

Story by Neil Fetherstonhaugh
Bus services rerouted from College Green

Dublin Bus routes will be rerouted away from College Green.

Bus services rerouted from College Green

Dublin Bus routes will be rerouted away from College Green.

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

THERE has been a broad welcome to changes to public transport in College Green.

Dublin Bus announced that from Monday (January 29) a number of route changes will be implemented in the College Green area to alleviate delays being experienced by customers travelling through the city centre. 

 As a result of consultation with the National Transport Authority (NTA) and Dublin City Council, it has been agreed that some routes will be realigned to facilitate a more effective movement of public transport services through the College Green area. 

 Routes 25, 25a, 25b, 25d, 37, 39, 39a and 70 travelling northbound/westbound will be rerouted via Tara Street and Burgh Quay.

There will be no changes to the bus stops on these routes.

 Routes 25x, 27x, 32x, 33x, 39x, 41x, 51x, 66x and 67x travelling inbound in the morning will be rerouted via Hawkins Street, Townsend Street and Westland Row.

Some bus stops along these routes will be changed.

 “Dublin Bus will continue to work with the NTA and the council to improve bus priority measures in the area which is crucial for the effective operation of all public transport in our city,” a Dublin Bus spokesperson said.

 “Dublin Bus will monitor the impact of these changes with the NTA and the council.”

 Full details of all these changes including route maps are available on www.dublinbus.ie ;

Dublin Chamber, the city’s largest business representative group, welcomed plans to re-route some of the city centre bus routes.

The Chamber said the changes, which will see around one in five buses removed from College Green at peak times, will help reduce delays and improve inconsistent commute times for commuters.

According to Dublin Chamber’s Head of Public Affairs, Graeme McQueen: “It was inevitable once the Luas trams started running through College Green that some changes may be needed to ensure all modes could move through the city centre efficiently.

“There is no silver bullet that will solve all of the issues immediately, but the decision to remove some bus routes from College Green is necessary and will hopefully help improve commute times for those who rely on public transport to get to and from work.”

Fianna Fáil Dublin Spokesperson, John Lahart, said the announcement comes as a result of “sustained pressure” applied by his party ahead of a Dáil debate on the matter.

Deputy Lahart said: “The traffic arrangements which have been in place in College Green have been a cause of a great deal of frustration for all road users in the city for quite some time.

“The addition of the new Luas Cross City services in the New Year added to this traffic fiasco. The congestion through the College Green transport hub directly impacts tens of thousands of Dublin Bus passengers each day. 

“It is good news that Dublin Bus, The National Transport Authority and Dublin City Council have reached a compromise today and some modest changes will be made to the public transport element of the College Green plans.”

Deputy Lahart added: “While the revised services are not necessarily the sweeping changes that I and my colleagues continue to advocate for, I am pleased that they will go some way towards alleviating the strain faced by daily commuters in Dublin.

“A proactive approach is required when anticipating any further challenges faced by road users.”

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