Young Whitmore’s campaign to introduce a local shuttle busserving the good people of Greystones and its neighbours took one step closer with the release today of the National Transport Authority’s latest public consultation report.
One of the main new routes of the Dublin Area Bus Network Redesign is the new 204 route around Greystones.
Here’s the lowdown…
This report will bring about improved services for passengers on bus services in the Dublin metropolitan area. One key change locally would be a new circular route (204) around the Greystones area going through Greystones, from Victoria Road, Church Road (Main Street) along Mill Road and through Killincarrig, turning right at the roundabout and continuing past Tesco to meet the starting point. A process of consultation on this Report will formally get under way on July 16th 2018 and continue for 9 weeks until September 14th 2018. As part of the consultation process, NTA and Dublin Bus will conduct a series of information events across the region as well as an online consultation. Make sure that you express your opinion on the new proposals.
The report proposes a number of fundamental changes to the network of bus services in Dublin by: • Increasing the overall amount of bus services. • Providing new and frequent orbital services connecting more outer parts of the city together. • Simplifying the bus services on the key radial into “spines” where all buses will operate under a common letter system and buses will run very frequently and be more evenly spaced. • Increasing the number of routes where buses will come every 15 minutes or less all day.
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The report is available to view here. There are also proposals to run Darts every 20 minutes, all day, to Greystones, rather than the current 30 minutes. Here’s the lowdown on that particular development…
At this service level, Greystones will not support all-day service to Dublin on both bus and rail, except for some express bus trips during the peak period, which are proposed as Route 301, replacing the existing Route 84x. The Greystones network therefore consists of local routes that provide connections to DART and to each other, in particular: • Routes 201/202, which operate together every 20 min – routes between Bray, Greystones and Charlesland, replacing existing Routes 84 and 184 in this area. South and west of Charlesland, this splits into the clockwise Route 201 and anticlockwise Route 202. Note that neither of these routes serves the existing Route 184 stop at Wexford Road (Glenview) due to low demand, and the high cost and inconvenience to through-passengers of deviating the bus this far north. • Route 204, a one-way loop running every 30 minutes and connecting West Greystones to the village.
The key idea here is Route 201-202, which run every 40 minutes when apart but every 20 minutes when together. This route serves the R761 between Bray and Greystones, then continues south, branching into a large two-way loop covering Delgany, Kilpedder, Killadreenan, Newcastle and Kilcoole. All of these communities will have bus service timed to connect to the DART at Greystones. In addition, this area would retain a peak-only service to UCD and the city centre (Route 301), similar to the existing Route 84x.
That makes sense, right? Basically, we’ll have more options to get from A to B, and all the way into the big city too. Which is no bad thing, given that the town is growing at a rate of 1,000 new Greystonians a day. Give or take.
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