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IrelandBus Connects: How Dublin’s radical transport plan pits commuters against communities

10:40  09 september  2019
10:40  09 september  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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Bus Connects: How Dublin’s radical transport plan pits commuters against communities

In the first of a five-part special report, Conor Feehan looks at the €2bn shake-up of Dublin's bus network - a radical plan that promises to transform transport but has divided the capital

Bus Connects is a 10-year plan designed to make Dublin's bus service fit for purpose.

When it is rolled out across the streets of the city and suburbs, it will have a major impact on commuters and road-users.

However, it is the communities that stand to lose the most, amid plans to chop down hundreds of mature trees and carve up front gardens to make way for wider roads.

There are two aspects to Bus Connects that are causing some confusion: the A-G Spines and the 1-16 Corridors.

Commuters facing delays on Luas Red Line this morning due to technical faults

Commuters facing delays on Luas Red Line this morning due to technical faults Luas tickets are being accepted on Dublin Bus this morning.

Buses . Dublin Bus provides bus services for the city and county of Dublin and adjoining areas. Many other private bus companies also offer transport in and out of the city. A frequent tram service called LUAS connects Dublin city centre with suburbs in the south and south-west of the city.

THIS WEEK, THE National Transport Authority unveiled the radical redesign for the Dublin Bus route network. The planned change, which if all goes to plan would take effect in 2020, would entirely transform the network An example given at the press conference was a commuter from Dunboyne.

Orbital routes are also planned, labelled N for the northside of the city, S for the south, and W for the west where services will run at least every hour.

There is also an inner orbital route, the O, which forms a loop around the city centre near the canals, linking Heuston and Connolly stations, the Samuel Beckett Bridge and St James's Hospital. This is designed to allow people to move around the core of the city while avoiding the centre.

Both aspects of Bus Connects have already gone through a public consultation process. Chopping down trees and cutting up gardens has generated a lot of anger, but it is the redesign element of Bus Connects that has caused the biggest outcry.

The A-G Spines element of the plan received 30,000 submissions, while the 1-16 Corridors element received 10,000.

Bus Connects: 'Congestion is so bad that you can be sitting in traffic for 20, 30 minutes at a time'

Bus Connects: 'Congestion is so bad that you can be sitting in traffic for 20, 30 minutes at a time' Bus Connects: 'Congestion is so bad that you can be sitting in traffic for 20, 30 minutes at a time'

Learn how to use Dublin Bus , trams and trains to get the most out of public transportation on your trip to Dublin . If you are planning to take Dublin Bus or other Dublin public transportation extensively, it may Specifically, you may find some connections into the suburbs and into the " commuter belt"

Public transport use in Dublin has reached a record level with more than half of all city commuters using buses , trams or trains last year, the highest Considering that this was achieved against a background of Luas Cross City construction, it shows the commitment of Dublin City Council and the

The National Transport Authority (NTA) said it has listened to the public in relation to its proposals, and hopes to produce a revised version of the A-G Spines plan in the coming weeks.

It hopes to produce a revised version of the 1-16 Corridors plan at the end of next month.

There will be a second round of public consultation to come in the future. How the revised proposals will differ from the original plans remains to be seen.

The NTA argues that all these changes need to be made, not only to cater for the current gridlock that snarls up traffic in the city on a daily basis, but to protect against that congestion growing in the future with an increasing population.

A recent report showed that Dublin is now the 14th most congested city in the world, and the sixth most congested city in Europe.

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THE NATIONAL TRANSPORT Authority unveiled a major new plan for Dublin ’ s bus system this last Tuesday as it detailed its 16-route Bus Connects project. The city will slowly “grind to a halt” unless radical action like this is taken, CEO Anne Graham said. A continuous bus lane is proposed in each

A move to Dublin Bus is a step toward a greener, sustainable and integrated transport system. There is also a multi-operator cap if you are travelling on Dublin Bus , Luas, DART and Commuter Rail. Airlink 747 and 757 connects Dublin Airport with Dublin City Centre and Heuston Rail Station.

Gridlock in Dublin costs an estimated €350m a year.

It is claimed that drivers in Dublin are now spending an average 45pc more time in traffic than they should be. To make matters worse, the NTA reckons the population of the city will rise from 1.2 million to 1.5 million in the next 20 years.

Bus Connects will target car drivers with a carrot and stick approach in an effort to try to get more of them to switch to public transport.

The carrot will be that if car drivers switch to buses, they will get into the city more quickly and efficiently, and reduce their carbon footprint.

The stick will be that if they continue to use cars, they will be held up at traffic lights and junctions in order to give priority to public transport.

We have now also seen proposals by the Government to tackle the increasing financial and environmental cost of climate change. The proposals include hikes in carbon tax, which will increase fuel prices. There are also plans to ban petrol and diesel cars from cities in the future.

Yes, there are people who use cars every day in the city for work. This cohort is angered at how car drivers are being targeted in this quest for a perfect transport system.

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DUBLIN BUS HAS said it will “continuously review” demand for services amid the capital’ s ongoing traffic issues and an increased number of commuters travelling into the “There’ s no magic bullet and public transport is the way forward but there are some areas still chronically underserved by buses .”

Dublin Bus connects most parts of the city through a network of 200 routes that service 5 Aircoach is a private bus service from Dublin Airport (which is north of the city) to the city centre Dublin City Council has advice on planning your route and on how to avoid the busiest traffic in the core of the city.

Bus Connects is a balancing act in the making.

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