No plans for bus to Knocksedan

JOHN MANNING

Published 09/10/2012 | 12:40

DESPITE CALLS from locals and their political representatives it appears that Dublin Bus have no plans to provide a bus service to Knocksedan estate in Swords.

That was the disappointing answer given to Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) who raised the issue once again at a meeting of the Swords Area Committee. Back in February of this year, when Dublin Bus appeared before local councillors to answer questions on services all over Fingal, the company agreed to look at the feasibility of providing a service to Knocksedan. It said at that that that the project is not a simple one, despite several buses a day passing the estate on their way back to the depot at Harristown. The problem according to Gareth Quinn, area manager for Dublin Bus is providing a safe and up-to-standard stopping and turning point for the bus. At that meeting, Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) called for a bus service to the estate and said residents there felt 'cut-off'. Despite being close to Swords, the estate had no access to public transport and was therefore isolated, he argued. The point was accepted by the Dublin Bus official who said he had made a recent site visit to the area. Mr Quinn said that providing a bus service there was something the company was looking at but it was not straightforward. 'If we are going to do it then I believe we have to do it properly with all the proper facilities in place,' he said. But he reassured councillors that the proposal was being actively pursued, saying: 'It is on the agenda and we are looking at it.' But it now appears the company has gone cold on the idea. When the council was asked for an update on the issue by Cllr Butler, it said: 'The operations department has engaged in discussions with Dublin Bus in relation to the above and Dublin Bus has examined the possibility of extending the bus service to serve Knocksedan and has indicated that it currently has no proposals to do so.'

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