We need an urgent review of bus routes in Lucan.

With the recent changes to bus routes in the greater Lucan area in place, how do you find the new service?

I have written on a few occasions on this blog and on my website about my opinions on the changes to Lucan bus routes.

On the June 22nd I wrote. “In my opinion this is a retrograde step and one that must be reconsidered. This could be both Dublin Bus and commuter’s last opportunity for a long time to put in place a service that serves meets the demands of a growing community let’s get it right”.

The public consultation on Network Direct was a total joke, half way through the consultation the original sensible 25B direct route – (put forward by Dublin Bus I might add) was changed?

The reasons for this alternative route suddenly appearing half way through the process was bizarre – and in my opinion it suggests interference by someone or group at the expense of providing a better service for commuters in Lucan?

  1. Why did Dublin Bus not wait until all comments were in, to make their final decision on the route?
  2. Is it not bizarre that the final 25B chosen by Dublin Bus? – given that I or others have yet to meet one single person in Lucan or see a single comment from any resident in the local press who supports the current 25B route?
  3. We have never heard from Dublin Bus how many people supported or opposed the late changes to the 25B route?
  4. The decision to duplicate the majority of the 25A & 25B route goes against everything Network Direct lay down and the recommendations included in the Deloitte report.
  5. Bus commuters in the Lucan are lost 4 perfectly fast 25x services at peak time for a very long and winding 25B service, how is this seen as progress?
  6. The new services were according to Network Direct was to be in place by mid July, in the end this service was delayed until mid November, during that time there was a serious disconnect between Dublin Bus and commuters on the new services.
  7. Why after such long delays and consultation did Dublin Bus suddenly decided to move the city terminus for the 25A & 25B just days before the new service went live?
  8. Dublin Bus claims that all views from the consultation were taken into account when choosing the new route. Please make public all comments submitted on the Lucan routes?

Dublin Bus no doubt will claim that the recent cold snap has distorted the times on the routes. It was clear before the arrival of the snow that journey times and frequency of service were in fact inferior.

Dublin Bus has publicly made a commitment to review the new service if commuters were not happy with the service. It now time to call on Dublin Bus to come back to commuters for further consultation before the end of January.

  • On reinstating the original 25B route which would provide a more speedier more direct service to the city or reinstate the 25X service.
  • Increasing the frequency and address the issue of ‘bus bunching’ which has not been resolved on the N4. It would appear that there are also issues with the 66 & 67. This again was something that Deloitte made reference too and Network Direct was to address.
  • A change of location for the terminus on the city end is required, it is clear that evening traffic peak is causing major delays for the 25A & 25B and a more appropriate terminus needs to be found to ensure frequency of service.
  • When will we see the introduction of (RTPI) Real Time Passenger Information, displays on the Lucan routes?
  • When will we the introduction of an integrated ticketing service?

I feel very annoyed and let down by Dublin Bus, despite the recommendations of Deloitte report – Network Direct did not take on board the recommendations instead produced an inferior bus service for the Lucan area. Current bus users are enraged by the recent changes, I sincerely hope Dublin Bus will admit their error and discuss openly the views of commuters.

Please make Dublin Bus aware that you are not happy with recent changes and demand further consultation in Lucan at the earliest possible moment. networkdirect@dublinbus.ie

With an election just around the corner – get in touch with your local politicians make your views know to them and seek their commitment to have Dublin Bus re open consultation with commuters without delay.

A new facebook page has been set up please join it, show your support and make your views known view here. http://on.fb.me/dSVrps

I would welcome hearing any comments you may have on this subject.

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