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Saturday 16 December 2017

One-in-twelve buses to be taken off road in overhaul

Paul Melia

ONE in 12 vehicles in the Dublin Bus fleet will be taken off the road in a radical restructuring of the network.

And Dublin Bus last night confirmed it would be seeking redundancies from bus drivers as part of a massive overhaul of its operations which will result in 90 buses being taken off the road.

The changes will take effect from July, but the company insists passengers will not be affected and that they will be providing more frequent services with fewer buses.

Despite some services being cut, shorter journey times due to less congestion mean that fewer buses are needed to service each route, the company claims. And it says that increased frequency on main routes into the city will result in a better service.

The most comprehensive and in-depth review of the capital's bus network ever conducted will result in savings of €12m per year to the company, the Irish Independent has learned.

And the first changes will take effect from the summer when new services serving Blanchardstown, Stillorgan and Lucan will be unveiled.

Some of the most-heavily trafficked routes, including the 10, 46a and 39, will be merged to form new services, while new orbital routes serving the outskirts will also be introduced. Buses every 10 minutes are promised on most services for the company's 450,000 daily passengers.


"Some routes picked up just half-a-dozen passengers and these people may have to walk further to a stop," a spokesman said yesterday. "The average distance from a bus stop will be 300 metres, but no one will have to walk more than 500 metres.

"What we've tried to do is cover the same territory but focus resources on more frequent services. We're not disenfranchising people.

For example, in Blanchardstown the changes will cover the same and more areas. We're going to do more with less buses." The review, called the Network Direct Project, follows a report from Deloitte which was published last year which found that the network had not been realigned for a number of years and, as a result, had become overly complex with a significant amount of service duplication.

Irish Independent

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