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Tuesday 11 December 2018

Plan promises a 40-minute bus route to the city

Minister for Transport, Sport and Tourism Shane Ross and Anne Graham, CEO of the NTA.
Minister for Transport, Sport and Tourism Shane Ross and Anne Graham, CEO of the NTA.

The NTA claims that a new 'Core Bus Corridor' with an accompanying cycleway linking Swords to the City Centre will cut bus journey times from 71 minutes down to 40 minutes for Swords commuters.

However, in its new plans to redesign the bus network, the NTA has also outlined potential local impacts from the creation of the new bus corridor.

The NTA has warned the route could result in parts of front gardens being removed along the route as well as threatening some trees and car parking spaces.

There will be potential changes to traffic movements from the project, too, the NTA has cautioned.

Locals can have their say on the plans at busconnects.ie and local political representatives are meeting directly with the NTA over the plans.

The NTA was scheduled to meet councillors on the Transportation Strategic Policy Committee at Fingal County Council, last Friday to brief local councillors on the implications for their area.

Speaking ahead of that meeting, Swords-based councillor, Cllr Darragh Butler said he would keep an open mind on the issue until hearing from the NTA officials.

He said he was still considering the possible implications of the plan for Swords.

He urged locals to get invovled in the public consultation process on the bus route redesign and make their feelings known to the NTA. He also encouraged residents to look at the plan online and consider its implications for their own area.

Cllr Butler said that if anyone was concerned the plan may have a negative impact on their area, they should make their feelings known to local political representatives as well as the NTA.

That process of public consultation on the report will formally get under way on Monday July 16, and continue for 9nine weeks until Friday, September 14.

A spokesperson for the NTA said: 'Over the course of the coming months, we would encourage all interested members of the public and stakeholders to provide their feedback on the proposed redesign as the submissions will guide and inform the final decisions about the plan.

'In order to achieve a high level of participation and engagement with the public, the NTA and Dublin Bus will conduct a series of local community information events across the region.'

Fingal Independent

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