Sunday 17 November 2019

Peninsula bus concerns 'have been listened to'

Cllr Adrian Henchy (FF)
Cllr Adrian Henchy (FF)

A local Fianna Fáil councillor has welcomed recently revised proposals from BusConnects, which he said offer 'significant improvements' to plans originally set out for the Donabate Portrane peninsula.

Following an initial consultation period which saw more than 50,000 submissions, BusConnects recently held a briefing outlining its proposed changes to services.

Under the new BusConnects proposals, a number of changes are planned for Donabate Portrane routes, offering greater connectivity to Swords, Dublin Airport, UCD and Dublin City Centre.

Cllr Adrian Henchy said: 'I'm very pleased with where they (BusConnects) are now with the first round of public consultation. So it would look like the submissions have been carefully read and carefully listened to, and a number of the recommendations are a significant improvement on what was proposed first time around.

'In the first round of proposals they had suggested that the Portrane services would go to Clongriffin via Swords, and on our submissions we would have made a far stronger argument that really there was no sense or reason why we would go to Clongriffin.

'So a lot of submissions for Donabate Portrane would have brought the fact in of the City Centre and the airport.'

Under the new proposals, the regular 33B bus service to Swords will be renamed the '283' service, and will reduce the existing 40min commute to 30min, also linking to Dublin Airport.

The '383' direct bus service will replace the '33D' from Portrane Donabate to Dublin City Centre via the Port Tunnel and out to Ballsbridge, St Vincent's Hospital, Elm Park, terminating at UCD.

Cllr Henchy said that, with the new '383' service rolled out - currently a peak-time Monday to Friday service - he would hope this service would operate in the future on a more frequent basis.

He said: 'I think this proposal will go down far better than the first one, I think it will be far better received. We have to drill down into the detail and we have the opportunity now.

'I think the closing date for this round of public consultation will be early December, so we've the opportunity to get further submissions in.'

Fingal Independent