Dublin firms set for 24-hour bus boost
Dublin businesses are set to get a boost from plans to turn several of the city's key bus routes into 24-hour services.
This follows a Cork pilot scheme which benefited bars and restaurants in the city.
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"It serves two of the main employment areas in Mahon so obviously more people are using public transport to get to work," Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority told the Sunday Independent. "But in the evening it's actually serving people going into town. So what we've heard is businesses, restaurants and pubs in Cork city are doing very well as a result of this."
Plans are now under way for buses in Dublin to run through the night, with the 41 route earmarked as the first to offer additional services.
"We know there is a demand for 24-hour services within Dublin city so we're hoping to commence at least one service this year in Dublin Bus," Graham said.
The route which goes to the airport would help provide transport for visitors as well as airport staff.
The first 24-hour route is planned to begin before the end of the year with more to follow.
"We haven't got the routes worked out yet, but we are planning that we would extend these on the key routes around the city," said Graham.
In Cork, the extra buses run every hour after midnight. "But we've got to a stage where we might actually have to increase the frequency because some of those buses are actually operating full," Graham said.
The NTA has come under fire from some Dublin residents for its BusConnects proposals.
Graham admitted its was quite a radical plan. "As a city we're probably providing a very high level of bus corridors and bus priority," she said.
"But because our city has developed to being very low density, the bus is the most effective and most efficient means of providing services."
Some buses under the new plan may be offered to private contractors.
Sunday Indo Business