Thursday 29 June 2017

'Bendy buses' will whisk passengers across capital

A graphic showing plans for the new ‘Swiftway’ bus.
A graphic showing plans for the new ‘Swiftway’ bus.
Joanna Kiernan

Joanna Kiernan

A RAPID transport scheme promises to slash journey times using modern 'bendy buses' to whisk commuters across the capital.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has launched a public consultation on proposals for a Bus Rapid Transit network for Dublin called 'Swiftway'.

Described as the "Luas on rubber wheels" it would involve three separate routes radiating from the city and intersecting at its centre. They would run from Blanchardstown to UCD; from Swords and Dublin Airport to Dublin city centre; and from Clongriffin to Tallaght.

The new network will provide passengers with a "high-quality, high-capacity, comfortable form of transport" and will connect with Luas and rail networks in the city. It would aim to carry up to 3,600 passengers in each direction per hour, every two minutes.

Irish Independent

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