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IrelandStudents' frustration as Dublin Bus drivers refuse to stop at UCD due to 'anti-social behaviour'

12:31  06 march  2019
12:31  06 march  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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Students have expressed their frustration after Dublin Bus drivers are refusing to stop at University College Dublin due to " anti - social Anti - social behaviour can happen anywhere in the city." © UCD UCD stock image He continued; "I accept that there have been a few isolated incidents

Dublin Bus drivers have been causing chaos for UCD students by refusing to stop there after dark due to “ anti - social behaviour ”. But the UCD students union has appealed for Dublin Bus not to “tar all UCD students with the same brush” over the dispute. SU President Barry Murphy told RTÉ

Students' frustration as Dublin Bus drivers refuse to stop at UCD due to 'anti-social behaviour' UCD bus stop on the Stillorgan Road flyover (Photo: Google Maps)

Students have expressed their frustration after Dublin Bus drivers are refusing to stop at University College Dublin due to "anti-social behaviour".

According to the UCD Student's Union, students are forced to spend upwards of €50 to get home after buses repeatedly leave them standing at the bus stop.

SU President Barry Murphy said the university have security guards on the gate to manage any antisocial behaviour, and he is asking Dublin Bus drivers not to "tar all UCD students with the same brush".

"We currently have a situation in UCD where the bus is not stopping at the main bus stop," Mr Murphy told RTÉ Radio One's Morning Ireland.

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"There is significant upset among the students left waiting after they have been studying in the library until 9, 9.30, 10 at night and have to wait up to an hour for a bus. They're left with no alternative but to get a taxi home which can cost upwards of €50.

"The bus stop is up on a flyover and some buses just come up and drive past the students.

Students' frustration as Dublin Bus drivers refuse to stop at UCD due to 'anti-social behaviour' Stock image

"It's been suggested that students walk to a nearby bus stop, that's been offered as a short-term solution.

"We have students in wheelchairs who have been left waiting for up to an hour, it may not be possible for them to get to the next bus stop. "We also have some students who feel vulnerable at that time of night," he added.

Mr Murphy said the students' union has been making an effort to stop any anti-social behaviour and have security guards posted at the gates.

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UCD students ' union is appealing to Dublin Bus not to tarnish 'with the one brush' all 28,500 students on the south county Dublin campus because of the anti - social behaviour of The appeal comes after Dublin Bus suspended some bus routes in the vicinity of UCD , due to anti - social behaviour issues.

Students at UCD are spending upwards of €50 to get home due to Dublin Bus services not stopping at the college over anti - social behaviour concerns, according to the university ’s students ’ union. UCD is serviced by a number of major Dublin Bus routes, including the 11, 39a, 46a and 145.

"I know it's outside of their control once the students get on the bus," Mr Murphy said.

"But it's unfair to tar all 28,500 students with the one brush. Anti-social behaviour can happen anywhere in the city."

Students' frustration as Dublin Bus drivers refuse to stop at UCD due to 'anti-social behaviour' © UCD UCD stock image He continued; "I accept that there have been a few isolated incidents of anti-social behaviour. We are promoting that students should be mindful of their behaviour on Dublin Bus.

"I would encourage drivers to stop at the stop, it's safe for them to do so."

In a statement to RTÉ, Dublin Bus said it was aware of "customer complaints regarding services" at the UCD bus stop.

"A number of Dublin Bus services have been affected by anti-social behaviour issues which has resulted in some services not serving these stops," a spokesperson said.

"While we appreciate the inconvenience caused, the safety of our employees and customers is of paramount importance."

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UCD students union are asking Dublin Bus drivers to “ stop tarnishing everyone with same brush” after it suspended routes near Belfield due to antisocial We want them to know that UCD have security there to ensure anyone engaging in anti - social behaviour will be removed from the stop

Independent.ie have contacted Dublin Bus for further comment.

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