Yesterday the National Transport Authority released their finalised BusConnects plans for North Dublin. I and my colleague Cllr Eoghan O’Brien want to welcome the significant changes made to the BusConnects routes in Dublin Fingal.
We campaigned on your behalf for these changes, which address most of the concerns that we along with residents across Malahide and Portmarnock raised during the public consultation process.
In the initial draft BusConnects plan the 142 would have been axed and the Seabury area of Malahide would have lost direct service to the city centre. City centre access via the Port Tunnel will now be retained with the bus route X77, which runs at peak times.
The 20 will replace the 42 and this is a regular service that serves Seabury, Feltrim and the Malahide Road before going to the city centre. This will run every 30 mins.
The L81 is a local route that will replace the 102 and begins at Sutton Train Station and serves the Portmarnock Train Station, Blackwood Lane, The Hill and Church Road, Malahide and Seabury out to the Airport. This route will run every 20 mins. This is a significant and positive change to the original plan.
The X78 is a peak time service that will replace the 32x, it begins in Seabury serving Malahide up through Church Road, Portmarnock, into the City centre and out to UCD.
We are delighted at the addition of the new H2 Spine/Branch route starting in Malahide serving Portmarnock via the Coast Road and Carrickhill Road and ending in Abbey St Lower, every 30 mins.
I and Cllr Eoghan O’Brien want to commend everyone who attended our public meetings and engaged with the public consultation process.
Darragh & Eoghan
All relevant information about the new network is now available on www.busconnects.ie