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Two new orbital routes will be rolled out later this month as part of the next phase of the BusConnects project

Two new orbital routes will be rolled out later this month as part of the next phase of the BusConnects project

Two new orbital routes will be rolled out later this month as part of the next phase of the BusConnects project

Two new orbital routes and a night service will launch in north Dublin later this month under the latest phase of the BusConnects project.

Phase 3 of the bus network redesign will see the introduction of two new routes, N4 and N6, on May 29.

N4, which will be operated by Dublin Bus, will connect Blanchardstown Shopping Centre with the Point Village, via Finglas and Collins Avenue.

Go-Ahead Ireland has been awarded the contract for the N6 route, linking Finglas and Howth Junction, via Beaumont Hospital.

The network revamp will result in the removal of the 17a (Blanchardstown to Howth Junction) and 31d (Baldoyle to DCU) routes.

According to Transport For Ireland (TFI), orbital routes are designed to provide connections between suburbs without buses having to travel into the city centre.

There will be a 10-minute frequency on the N4 and N6 “at most times” on weekdays and Saturdays, with buses running every 15 minutes during the daytime on Sunday and every 20 minutes on Sunday evenings.

In addition, the N4 route will operate an overnight service, running every 30 minutes, seven days a week.

There will be an interchange between the N4 and N6 routes in Finglas for passengers wishing to travel between Blanchardstown and Ballymun, Santry, Beaumont, Coolock or Howth Junction.

Those travelling between Baldoyle, Kilbarrack, Raheny and DCU will be able to transfer at Killester, where H-Spine services will connect with the N4 route.

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TFI confirmed there will be no additional costs for transferring passengers due to the new 90-minute fare.

Areas served by the two new orbital routes include Blanchardstown, Finglas, Ballymun, Santry, Glasnevin, Donnycarney, Killester, Coolock, Kilbarrack, East Wall, Beaumont Hospital and DCU.

The introduction of Phase 3 of BusConnects was delayed by a number of months due to driver shortages.

The next phase of the project, which includes the G-Spine and Western Orbitals, is expected to be rolled out later this year.


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