independent

Wednesday 22 October 2014

City quicker!

John Manning

Published 04/02/2014 | 05:32

AN ambitious €200 million bus rapid transit system is set to take Swords commuters to the city centre in 35 minutes and carry around 3,000 passengers an hour.

AN ambitious €200 million bus rapid transit system is set to take Swords commuters to the city centre in 35 minutes and carry around 3,000 passengers an hour.

The National Transport Authority has briefed councillors on a Strategic Policy Committee on 'Swiftway', a new rapid transit bus system linking Swords, Dublin Airport and the city centre which will see large buses run as often as every two minutes.

The system has been put in operation in cities all over the world and now the NTA is looking at three possible routes in Dublin with Swords to Dublin Airport and the city centre, identified as the top priority route.

The scheme could be up and running by 2017, if it gets through planning and funding is found for the project but already, quite a lot of detailed planning by the NTA has been done. However, one of the planned routes, at the northern end of Swords, which could potentially open up the disused road at the front of Pine Grove as a BRT only road, that would cut across the green space behind Mooretown and J.C.'s Supermarket, to come out at the Broadmeadow Road, could prove controversial.

* See full story pages 32&33

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