Opposition to Dublin Bus cuts and changes is increasing as public consultation takes places on new route changes for the Malahide Road, Ballymun and Clondalkin.
“Over 2,000 residents sign my petition against proposed bus route changes on Northside,” said Aodhán Ó Ríordáin
, a Labour councillor on Dublin City Council.
, one person under the name ‘snickerpuss’ said “I’m really shocked at the proposed Malahide Route. The 27 is now essentially the 42b… but isn’t increasing in frequency despite both being really busy routes.
The person added: “And it is bypassing Northside completely. This I find odd considering how many people (mainly older) from Darndale and surrounds use it not only to get to Northside but also the new Civic Centre which is on the Bunratty Road and holds the social welfare offices etc.”
The proposed changes to the Malahide Road buses, including the 17a, 20b, 27, 27b, 27x, 42, 42a, 42b, 43, 104 and 128 routes, can be viewed here. While the added changes to the Ballymun and Clondalkin areas, including the 13, 13a, 220, 51, 68, 69 , 76, 76a, 76b, and 210 routes, can be viewed here.
Consultation for the proposals for those area will close Sunday January 23.
Dublin Bus had said that its Network Direct project is aimed at increasing bus speeds by travelling more on Quality Bus Corridors, where buses do not get caught in congested traffic.
But as we reported before
, Network Direct also includes large service cuts. When a Dublin Bus route was cut by 30% weekdays and 66% on Sundays, the company told Dublin Observer that this was an “overall minor frequency adjustment.”