Saturday 21 October 2017

Confused? I know I am ...

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

CONFUSED? I certainly am.

The journey planner launched yesterday completely ignores the train station just up the road from my house in Celbridge, Co Kildare. Instead, it sends me on a bus to a town almost 7km away before boarding a train on a different line.

Using the planner, my journey to work at Talbot Street in Dublin would take one hour and six minutes. It currently takes me 10 minutes less than this, door-to-door.

My typical journey to work involves either cycling to Hazelhatch station in Co Kildare (about seven minutes), walking (less than 15 minutes) or getting a lift (about three minutes). There's also a feeder bus service provided by Iarnrod Eireann from Celbridge town to the station.

I then get the train into Heuston Station (20 minutes) followed by a Luas to Busaras (15 minutes), which is a two-minute stroll away from the Irish Independent offices on Talbot Street. Yesterday, I left my house at 9am, caught the 9.11am service into Heuston, hopped on a Luas and was in the office at 9.56am.

Had I used the journey planner, I would have taken a more circuitous route.

It says I could walk from my home to a bus stop (12 minutes) in Celbridge, catch a bus to Maynooth (7km, taking 14 minutes), walk for five minutes to the station there before boarding a train for Dublin Connolly, which takes 30 minutes. A five-minute walk would take me to Talbot Street -- making a total journey time of one hour and six minutes.

Going home is even more circuitous and takes even longer.

The journey planner is superb if going from town to town. For example, it sets out in detail how to travel from Salthill in Galway to Croke Park using a combination of city bus, inter-city bus and taxi.

But for the shorter journeys into the capital, it needs more work. Feedback is welcomed. The National Transport Authority may need it.

Irish Independent

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