A number of the DPCC attended the Bus Connects information session today in the Pavillions. See below statement just posted on Facebook page. We will provide a full update at our next meeting.
A delegation from the Donabate Portrane Community Council met senior executives from NTA and Dublin Bus today at the Bus Connects information session in the Pavillions shopping centre, Swords.
The delegation raised our serious concerns about the Bus Connects proposals and the impact on the Donabate Portrane community.
The delegation was advised that the strategy for transport is to utilise the rail network with the bus service complimenting it.
The NTA advised that in 2019 commuter train services from Drogheda will be increased to every 30 minutes off peak (not evening) and every hour on Sundays.
The NTA plan to extend the DART to Balbriggan using hybrid trains within 5 years according to the NTA.
In relation to the bus service, we raised our serious concerns about the removal of the 33X and 33D with the population in Fingal the fastest growing area in Europe. It was conceded that in all likelihood the 33X services would be retained due to demand, however the opposite is the case for the 33D and is facing being axed.
It was stated clearly that the best way to have this decision reviewed is for the Donabate community to make submissions calling for the retention of the service. We cannot emphasis how important it is for you to do this. Contact details are below.
We also asked for the current 33b timetable to be reviewed due to the removal of 37 Bus services earlier this year.
The delegation asked that the proposed timetable for the new 280 (which will replace the 33b) be reviewed for the weekends. The proposed timetable is a reduction on the current service at the weekend. We pointed out that the first bus on a Sunday in the proposed timetable is at 10am. The NTA agreed to review this with a view to amending the proposed timetable.
We also asked for confirmation that the bus and train service would be integrated in so far as possible. The NTA have confirmed that this is one of their key objectives.
We intend to provide guidance on how to make submissions soon.
Submissions can be emailed to:
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