New Bus Connects Plan – People Power Has Impacted But Concerns Remain

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Real issue for Public Transport is more buses and cheaper fares not “super routes” that can be sold off to private companies

 

In a statement this morning, Richard Boyd Barrett TD said that the new Bus Connects plan that was published this morning shows that People Power impacted but concerns about the new routes for his constituency remain.

 

In late summer 2018 the National Transport Authority published its Bus Connects plan that was to revolutionise transport in Dublin.  In reality it was an excuse to slash the public transport services in local areas while creating “super routes” that could be easily sold off.

 

The plan was met with uproar in local communities all across the city.  In the Dún Laoghaire constituency Richard Boyd Barrett and People Before Profit worked with the community and over 3000 submissions were made to the plan.

 

This morning the revised plan has been published and some welcome changes have been made but there are still many concerns.

 

Richard Boyd Barrett TD said: “I welcome the fact that some of the concerns of the residents of the greater Dún Laoghaire area have been addressed and this is clearly down to the huge amount of submissions that were put in to the consultation from our area.

 

“There are still some serious concerns, though.  Some of the areas in our constituency like Loughlinstown and Rochestown Park will have their service cut from every 15 minutes to every hour; the 75 route is gone and has left the already oversubscribed route along York Rd and Kill Lane and Ave with only the equivalent of the 46A; The N11 will have 2 new “Spine ” routes but whether this will see an increase or a decrease in the number of buses, remains unclear. 

 

“The real issue with bus services in Dublin is that there are not enough buses and that fares are too expensive.  A new plan for public transport at this point, considering the enormous challenge of climate change, has to be focused on delivering a vastly superior service at much lower cost to the passenger if we are to encourage people out of their cars, not creating new super routes to be sold of the private companies.”