The National Transport Authority (NTA) has today published its Dublin Area Bus Network redesign which predicts the level of bus services in the Dublin network will increase by 22%.
The redesign of the network was a key measure of the Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035. It is among the measures in Project Ireland 2040 and is included as an action point in the Climate Action Plan, published earlier this year. The plan was produced by the NTA and Dublin Bus with Jarrett Walker and Associates, (JWA).
Under the plan, the network will now be arranged on the basis of eight spines radiating from the city centre. Spines are very frequent routes made up of individual bus services timetabled to work together along a corridor. At the end of the spine, the individual services branch off to serve different areas.
An additional spine has been included in this plan to serve Howth and parts of the north-east city. The plan also includes 10 orbital routes which aims to reduce significantly the need for passengers to travel into the city centre. Orbital services operate around the city, providing connections between suburbs and town centres, along with connections to rail, Luas and other bus routes. The inner orbital, the O for example, will operate two-way on the North and South Circular Roads with plans to have a frequency of every 8 minutes all day.
Northern orbitals (N2, N4, N8) - serving locations such as Beaumont Hospital, DCU, Charlestown and Blanchardstown while Southern orbitals (S2, S4, S6, S8) – will serve Ballsbridge, Rathmines, Heuston, UCD, Crumlin Hospital, Liffey Valley, Dundrum and Tallaght. Orbitals (W2, W4, W8) – serving locations like Liffey Valley, Clondalkin Village and Tallaght to the west.
In addition, a number of city-bound services operating into Dublin City Centre are included in the plan. These are services that are not part of any spine and operate on their own timetable as part of the network.
There will also be significant additions to evening and weekend services with plans to make all frequent routes operating every 15 minutes or better between 6am and 11pm on weekdays. All frequent routes will also retain this service on Saturdays, and most will have this on Sunday as well. There is also provision for local services providing important connections within local areas, linking to local retail centres and to onward transport connections.
Additional peak-time services are included in the plan, operating during the busiest time of the day generally weekday mornings and evenings.
Commenting on the plan, Dublin Bus Chief Executive Officer, Ray Coyne said, "This revised network design is part of an ambitious and welcome investment of €1.5 billion in Dublin’s bus system. The views of our 143 million customers and people across the Greater Dublin are clearly reflected in this revised network redesign. This is also a significant opportunity to continue the growth and success of Dublin Bus and the city."
He added, "It is clear from BusConnects that urban bus public transport is key to developing a modern, dynamic public transport network and harnessing the strong economic growth experienced over the last few years. With over 3 million extra customers carried by Dublin Bus in 2018, we will build on the strengths of this proposed network to the benefit of the city and our customers."