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By Chamber Press Office, 14 November 2018
Dublin Chamber has welcomed the unveiling today of the Emerging Preferred Routes for four new bus corridors under the BusConnects scheme.
The Chamber said the proposed new corridors have the potential to greatly enhance the public transport offering along each of the 4 routes – which serve some of the most heavily congested, but public transport deficient, areas of the city.
The new routes which were announced by the National Transport Authority (NTA) today. The routes are Clongriffin to the city centre; Swords to the city centre; Blanchardstown to the city centre; and Lucan to the city centre.
Dublin Chamber’s Head of Public Affairs Graeme McQueen said: “Dublin badly needs an improved bus network. The BusConnects proposal is not perfect and needs refinement, but the potential is there for the plan to drastically improve both the attractiveness and efficiency of the public transport network in Dublin. Making it easier to move around the city will help to improve quality of life, particularly for the tens of thousands of commuters who rely on bus services every day.”
“Millions of journeys take place on these four routes every year, but journey times remain majorly inconsistent. Providing more bus priority along these routes will help considerably. Buses are the backbone of public transport in Dublin and it is time we started to develop a modern infrastructure network that is fit for purpose.”
Dublin Chamber said the draft plan presented today will require refinement and has called for all stakeholders to engage positively and constructively with the NTA.
Mr McQueen said: “Too often we’ve seen transport projects being treated as political footballs in recent times. It is important to remember that BusConnects is still in consultation stage. We’re calling on businesses and members of the public to engage with the NTA in a constructive manner and share their feedback on the various bus corridor routes as proposals are released over the coming months.”