COAST ROAD – STRAND ROAD 22 AUGUST 2023
In June 2021 when the new H1 bus route was introduced I decide to explore the route but for some reason, that I cannot remember, I only got as far as Grange Abbey. I had intended to try again within a few days to explore the full route but never got around to doing so until today [22 August 2023]
The National Transport Authority in conjunction with Dublin Bus have today launched the first phase of the new BusConnects network for Dublin. This phase includes routes connecting Dublin’s north east to the city centre covering the areas of Howth, Baldoyle, Donaghmede, Raheny, Malahide, Portmarnock and Howth.
BusConnects Dublin plans to deliver an enhanced bus system that is better for the city, its people and the environment. The programme includes a suite of transformative changes to the bus system, intended to make it more efficient, faster, reliable and easier to use. Today’s announcement relates to the bus network aspects of the programme and not the infrastructure proposals.
The overall objective of the improved network will be a significant increase in capacity and frequency for customers, as well as more evening and weekend services for all spines. This is the first phase in the implementation of the new BusConnects network and follows on from three rounds of public consultation which concluded in 2020.
The H spine branches are the primary driver of the new network delivering fast and frequent services to the city centre. Services on H1 (from Baldoyle), H2 (from Malahide) and H3 (from Howth) will provide greater levels of service to these residents and the surrounding communities.
The routes commence service from Sunday the 27th of June taking over from the current buses in operation namely the 29a, 32, 31, 31a and 31b. As part of these arrangements the terminus for route 130 will move from Lower Abbey Street to Talbot Street.
There is a strong national policy framework in place to support sustainable transport, from the overarching objectives of Project Ireland 2040 through to specific policies on climate action for all parts of Ireland including the Greater Dublin Area. BusConnects is a key component within a number of these Government and regional policies which include the:
National Development Plan 2021-2030;
Climate Action Plan 2021;
National Planning Framework 2040; and
Greater Dublin Area Transport Strategy 2016-2035.
BusConnects Dublin is a suite of transformative changes to the bus system, intended to make it more efficient, faster, reliable and easier to use. The BusConnects Dublin programme contains nine elements, one of which is the BusConnects Dublin – Core Bus Corridor Infrastructure Works (the CBC Infrastructure Works).
The nine elements are:
- Core Bus Corridor Infrastructure Works;
- Dublin Area Bus Network Redesign;
- Transitioning to a new low emissions bus fleet;
- State of the art ticketing system;
- Cashless payment system;
- Simpler fare structure;
- New Park and Ride sites in key locations;
- New bus livery providing a common style across all operators; and
- New bus stops and shelters with better signage and information.