Save our buses! - Dun Laoghaire
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The new BusConnects plan may look good in theory, but practically, it will not work for the people who actually have to use it. In regard to current Dublin Bus route numbers 4/7/7a/7b/45a/111/59/63.
We wish to object to the proposed changes on the following grounds:
- There would be no direct access to the City Centre from Sallynoggin/ Ballybrack/Dalkey/Brides Glen/Loughlinstown/Deansgrange/Stradbrook
- The No.7 route from Dun Laoghaire would no longer serve O Connell Street and surrounding areas.
- Direct access to St.Vincents Hospital from any of the inland areas would be severely curtailed with a change to the no. 7 necessary.
- There would be no bus at all going down the Sallynoggin Road from Rochestown Avenue (past the newly built and refurbished elderly accommodation at Rochestown House).
- There would no longer be a direct bus connection between Sallynoggin village and Loughlinstown Park or Ballybrack village. There are strong family connections between these communities and a great necessity for a direct connection.
- The proposed 229 service would replace both the 63 and the 7a that served Loughlinstown Park, and is hourly rather than half hourly. This route would also be excessively long serving Brides Glen, Loughlinstown Hospital, Loughlinstown Park and Monkstown Farm before it reaches Dun Laoghaire.
- The proposed 229 service from Loughlinstown Park would have a journey time to Dun Laoghaire of at least double the current 7a as it goes via Monkstown Farm.
- Replacing the 63 with an hourly service will leave the people of Monkstown Farm, once again, with a much reduced service. This community lost their every 10 minute 46a service just 8 years ago.
- While it is an advantage to have integrated ticketing between Dart/Luas/Bus, the focus on feeder routes and changing to another bus/Luas/Dart is an enormous disadvantage to the elderly, the disabled, school children and those with babies in buggies.
- Dalkey is currently served by the 111 and the 59. The proposal is to get rid of the 111 with the effect of reducing the services available in Dalkey by 50%.
- The 4 is gone altogether, leaving Deansgrange and Stradbrook with no direct link to the city centre or St Vincent’s Hospital.
- The new 226 route which serves some of the old 4 route will run every 30 minutes, meaning a 50% reduction in service for those in Deansgrange/Stradbrook.
The proposed changes are not an improvement to the Bus Service in our area, and seriously disadvantage the most vulnerable in our communities. It leaves many people without a vital service altogether and may make journeys more expensive for some people.
We urge the NTA to rethink this plan.
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