The latest BusConnects proposals have been released and whereas previously it was proposed in the first draft to remove in effect ‘75’ bus services from the Upper Kilmacud Road, it is now proposed to keep services on the Upper Kilmacud Road with the ‘225’ proposed Dundrum Luas-Dun Laoghaire route.
Significantly, in addition the ‘225’ route is set to operate every 10-15 minutes instead of the current half-hour frequency under the existing ‘75’ route.
This change from the first BusConnects draft follows political pressure and awareness I raised with a motion at Dundrum Area Committee stage to petition the Minister for Transport and the National Transport Authority (NTA) on the need for this Upper Kilmacud Road service to be sustained.
For existing ‘75’ destinations not between Dundrum and Dun Laoghaire, the concept behind BusConnects in a local context would be that passengers would be able to travel to Dundrum Luas station typically with less of a waiting time involved and then travel onwards to destinations such as Tallaght and Rathfarnham from there at the same stop. The ‘225’ service would be more reliable for Upper Kilmacud Road residents because it would start (in one direction) in Dundrum and not in Tallaght.
Also the direct service to town currently fulfilled by the ’11’ route will now be sustained as the proposed ’10’ route – instead of the first draft’s former proposal to stop in Ranelagh. A direct service from the Marsham Court/Coolnevaun and Stillorgan Heath stops to St.Vincent’s Hospital is also now protected with the proposed direct ‘213’ service.
The latest route map proposed can be viewed at busconnects.ie and the prospect of the new routes becoming operational is dependent upon the whole BusConnects proposal becoming accepted. On the website you are able to enter in one start destination and an end destination, and it will return a result indicating what new bus route(s) would be involved for that journey.