While there are many positives to the BusConnects plan, which includes the additional of a new service to run along Mount Anville Road and serve Mount Merrion, Clonskeagh, UCD, and Goatstown, a very big concern relates to the 75 service on Upper Kilmacud Road.

BusConnects proposed the removal of the service currently fulfilled by the 75 on the Upper Kilmacud Road and I outlined that this was unacceptable.

A motion I submitted called for a new variation (which could be termed to be the 225A route) which would involve two buses per hour in each direction serving Upper Kilmacud Road from Dundrum via Drummartin Road and onward towards Dun Laoghaire. This motion was agreed by councillors of the Dundrum Area Commitee and this proposal was then sent to the Chief Executive of the NTA and the Minister responsible for Transport Shane Ross TD.

This proposal would safeguard the Upper Kilmacud Road service used regularly by residents of Lakelands, Stillorgan Wood, Stillorgan Heath, Marsham Court, Hazel Avenue, Marsham Court,  Highridge Green and Holywell as well as by pupils of St.Benildus College and St.Raphaela’s College and I am confident that it will be adopted.