Dublin ‘Blue Line’ video and map

A €33m bus rapid transit route called Blue Line is being proposed between Sandymount and Sandyford in south Dublin.

It is promoted by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and supported by Sandyford Business Estates Association, St Vincents University Hospital, University College Dublin and State broadcaster RTE, which are all located along the route.

It will interchange with Stillorgan and Kilmacud stops on the Luas Green Line on its western end. Meanwhile at the east end of the line at St Vincent’s University Hospital there could be a walking distance close to 600m to Sydney Parade Dart Station. It will also cross the N11 and Rock Road quality bus corridors (QBCs).

The proposed bus rapid transit or busway route is similar to a QBC but has better priority and electronic displays at all stops. The vehicles (as above) are articulated buses with multiple doors and designed to look like trams — these are currently used in in the US and UK.

The council want the system to have:

  • A total journey time of approx 18mins
  • Bus way route just over 6km long
  • Capacity to carry in excess of 1,000 passengers per hour
  • Extended operating day of at least 18hrs
  • Up to one bus every 6 minutes
  • Cycle and footpaths along the route

Owen Keegan, county manager Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council said:

“It can deliver a quality service,which is very close to that of light rail in terms of journey time, operating hours, frequency, reliability and comfort but at a significantly lower cost.

He added:

“A detailed assessment of the project shows that it can be built for around €33m and that it offers excellent ’value for money’ This makes it a very appropriate public investment in the current difficult economic climate.”

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council have a video outlining the project here:

The rough route alignment shows the Blue Line using what is currently green space in a number of parks and using a route currently closed to traffic in University College Dublin. It will serve areas including Sandymount, Donnybrook, Mount Merrion, Goatstown, and Sandyford.

Although promoted by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, the 6km busway runs for about 1km inside the border of Dublin City Council’s area. Here is a estimate of the route based on the rough map at blueline.ie:

View Blue Line in a larger map

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