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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Bus Connects: 'Congestion is so bad that you can be sitting in traffic for 20, 30 minutes at a time'

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Rachel Denneson, from Rathmines on O'Connell street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Rachel Denneson, from Rathmines on O'Connell street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Aoife Walsh

Kevin Carter, a graphic designer living in Finglas and working near Tallaght, gets on the bus at 7.20am to make it to work for 9am.

He is in favour of Bus Connects and thinks that buses should be given "full priority" on the roads.

"I live in Finglas and I work in Greenhills, near Tallaght. My commute is a bus, a bike, another bus. Before I had the bike I was getting two buses: I was getting a bus into town and a bus out of town," he said.

"Just the congestion in the city centre with buses - they can cause traffic jams on their own there's that many buses in the city centre.

"I found it was just a lot faster for me to avoid the city centre completely and cycle that part of it.

"At the moment, my commute is around an hour-and-a-half both ways. Traffic in the city is caused by people in cars, it's not caused by people on the bus.

Kevin Carter, pictured at the Dublin bikes stand on Francis Street. Picture: Arthur Carron
Kevin Carter, pictured at the Dublin bikes stand on Francis Street. Picture: Arthur Carron

"I think the buses should have full priority all the time. If I had my way there'd be a bus lane on every single road.

"There's certain roads in Dublin, like the N11, Stillorgan Road, that's mostly bus lane. So delays on that stretch aren't as prominent as other parts.

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"Other roads like the Greenhills Road, for example, it's just two lanes of traffic in both directions and it's right beside the M50 so there's loads of cars trying to get on to the M50 and you just get trapped behind them, and you could be sitting there in car traffic for 20, 30 minutes."

Rachel Denneson, a pharmacist living in Kimmage, takes the 15A to work each day.

She feels that while her current bus is "really handy", she welcomes the new initiative if it means traffic congestion will be reduced. She said: "My bus is so direct at the moment and it's really handy, but I'd welcome if it would decrease commute times for everybody else and decrease traffic in the city.

"I suppose I'm not entirely sure about the concept, especially people getting on and off like the elderly because obviously they have reduced mobility.

"But for the younger person, I don't see a problem."

Irish Independent

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