47 bus to continue to serve Stillorgan

Dublin Bus now plans to continue to run its 47 bus through Stillorgan according to a local TD.

Olivia Mitchell, a Fine Gael TD for Dublin South, today welcomed that the 47 bus route will continue to serve Stillorgan and will also serve the city centre.

She said that it was a concern for many local residents that Dublin Bus indicated that the bus company was going to change the service, which she said would have affected schoolchildren.

The changes are a part of phase one of Network Direct, a review of Dublin Bus routes.

“I am delighted that the 47 bus will now run all the way into the city centre rather than just to the Donnybrook Garage as before. This is will make the route much more user friendly for the residents of Stepaside and Leopardstown,” said Olivia Mitchell.

“I am also glad that Dublin Bus have agreed that the 47 will continue to serve Stillorgan rather than diverting into Mount Merrion at Kilmacud as proposed. The 47 is an important link for many local children who use it to travel to school in Stillorgan.”

She added: “This service is very important for the children who commute from Stepaside and Leopardstown to school in Stillorgan as there is no other public transport option for them to get to school.”
Mitchell also said that Dublin Bus have confirmed that Pearse Street will be used as the city terminus for the 47 bus.

Route changes as part of Network Direct will have to be approved by the National Transport Authority. Phase one includes buses serving Lucan, North Kildare, Stillorgan Road, Dun Laoghaire, Bray, and Blanchardstown.

The now delayed route review is a follow up of an independent Cost and Efficiency Review of Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann, it called for a redesigned and simplified Dublin Bus network.

Dublin Bus last month told Dublin Observer that the public consultation for phase one is over, but there was no time frame set yet for putting it in place.

“The public consultation period for phase one has ended and we are currently assessing the submissions and comments received. A final date for implementation of phase one has yet to be finalised, however customers will be given at least two weeks notice of the service changes,” said Cliodhna Ni Fhatharta

“Once Phase 1 has been implemented, the next phases will be implemented on a 2-3 monthly basis over the next twelve months.”

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