Friday 26 April 2019

Private firm says it will get more buses running on Dublin routes

Three more bus routes switched from Dublin Bus to the private enterprise company Go-Ahead Ireland today. (Stock photo)
Three more bus routes switched from Dublin Bus to the private enterprise company Go-Ahead Ireland today. (Stock photo)

Alan O'Keeffe

Three more bus routes switched from Dublin Bus to the private enterprise company Go-Ahead Ireland today.

Routes 18, 76 and 76A are now being operated by Go-Ahead Ireland. Passengers on these routes were promised that they will see immediate improvements in frequency and service levels.

A National Transport Authority (NTA) statement said that the switch-over of routes will free up resources which allowed the authority to also approve service improvements and modifications on Dublin Bus routes across the network in the weeks ahead.

Dublin Bus begins operating a new Route 155 today from Ikea in Ballymun to Bray Rail Station, serving Dublin City University, Phibsborough, the city centre, Donnybrook, University College, Dublin, Stillorgan Road, Cabinteely, Shankill and Bray.

NTA chief executive officer Anne Graham said: "This final phase of changes being introduced this weekend are part of an overall process of increasing frequency and improving services on about 50 bus routes in Dublin, operated under the Transport for Ireland brand."

Ed Wills, managing director of Go-Ahead Ireland, said there will be no change to fares and ticketing. The TFI Leap Card and Free Travel Pass are accepted and the Dublin Bus Rambler as well as Annual and Monthly TaxSaver tickets are valid on these routes. Daily and weekly bus fare capping will apply, he said.

The change in operator on these Public Service Obligation (PSO) routes is the result of a public tender process which was undertaken by the National Transport Authority in 2017.

The competitive tender saw Go-Ahead Ireland being awarded the contract to operate 10pc of routes previously operated by Dublin Bus.

While routes are unchanged, timetables and frequency may have altered so it is important that customers check before travelling.

Full details of all the service changes are available from the www.transportforireland.ie, www.dublinbus.ie and www.goaheadireland.ie websites.

Real-time information is available via the TFI Real Time Ireland App.

On Route 18 from Sandymount to Palmerstown, the Monday to Friday services will operate at a similar frequency but there will be extra services at weekends.

Routes 76/76a - Tallaght to Chapelizod/Blanchardstown remain unchanged with six additional departures daily from Monday to Friday. There will be a significant increase in buses on the routes at weekends.

Route 76a operating from Tallaght to Blanchardstown will have an additional four services added to the timetable to provide a total of seven departures Monday to Friday in both directions. Times were changed to better integrate with Route 236 at Blanchardstown Town Centre.

The Dublin Bus routes with earlier start times, particularly on Sundays, and extra services are 13, 25, 25a, 25b, 38, 38a, 39, 39a and 70.

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