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Sunday 25 February 2018

Changes to 33B bus route timetable coming soon

Changes to certain routes have been confirmed
Changes to certain routes have been confirmed

John Manning

After representations made by a local Labour TD, the NTA has held discussions with Dublin Bus in an effort to better co-ordinate the timetable of the 33B bus service, with the train services at Donabate Train Station.

The NTA has written to Deputy Brendan Ryan TD, replying to an email from the Labour TD requesting better co-ordination between rail and bus services on the peninsula.

The NTA told Deputy Ryan that it had discussed the issue with Dublin Bus and was awaiting new timetable proposals fro the route from the bus company. The NTA said it expected those proposals 'shortly'.

Deputy Ryan explained why he raised the issue with the NTA, saying: 'There has been an ongoing problem with lack of coordination in Donabate of the train service from Dublin City with the 33B bus service to Portrane.'

He said: 'You may be aware that Portrane is about 3km from the rail station in Donabate. It is roughly a 36 minute walk.

'On a recent visit to Donabate I was waiting at Donabate rail station for a train to Skerries.

'I witnessed myself the bus travel across the bridge towards Portrane at 11.55pm.

'The train from the city arrived six minutes later at 12.01,' he said.

Deputy Ryan added: 'I have been pushing the NTA, Irish Rail and Dublin Bus for years in relation to this issue as a relatively simple timetable adjustment would greatly benefit residents in Portrane who will be able to coordinate their public transport options to get home.

'I look forward to this matter being resolved in the coming months and I will keep in contact with Dublin Bus and the NTA in order to bring it to a successful conclusion.'

Fingal Independent

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