Latest press release from Cllr Derek Mitchell, issued on Friday, September 28th 2018…
DART Timetable Mess Needs Changing
I have written to the NTA asking them to sort out the DART timetable mess as follows:
The new timetable has increased the average scheduled journey time at rush hour to 61 mins. from Connolly (15% increase). Some run late by 5 minutes, have less carriages and now do not meet the unaltered bus connections from Kilcoole and Delgany. Many people are very frustrated and have transferred from rail to road. An urgent review is needed to get the DART & connections back on track.
DART performance. The previous scheduled time from Connolly to Greystones averaged 53m from 17.00 to 18.30. There were 3 DARTs (8 car) and 1 diesel (4 car). Now the average scheduled time is 61m with 2 DARTs and 2 diesels (4 car). The previous third DART now ends in Bray at 19.16. A number of people have reported them arriving 5 mins late in the morning in Dublin and also the later return Arklow diesel. This is a huge increase in journey time and a reduction in capacity.
Bus connection. The 84/184/84x are used to connect to DART at Greystones from Newcastle, Kilcoole, Charlesland, Delgany & Newtown. Generally these have arrived in the morning before the DART left at 0 and 30 m past the hour. DARTs now leave at 24 & 54m past hour until the 10.04 when they switch to 4 & 34m past hour. Because the DARTs now leave earlier bus passengers miss them. Now many from Kilcoole etc. drive to the full Park n’ Ride and many drive all the way as the journey has got so slow, crowded and disjointed.
This has put pressure on the 84x as people transfer from rail and more should have been put on with the planned worse rail service. I complained to Irish Rail and got an unsatisfactory reply.
A lot of new houses are being built here and this service reduction is the last thing that is needed.
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