Thursday, 26 April 2007

Commuters can look forward to buses every 12 minutes in 2008

Commuters can look forward to buses every 12 minutes in 2008

SUPER-BUSES every 12 minutes are promised for tens of thousands of car-dependent commuters living in Dublin's expanding satellite towns.

But don't stand at the bus stop waiting just yet - the new services will not start until early next year.

The long arm of Dublin continues to reach up to 100km into the countryside.

A major expansion plan unveiled yesterday will transform public transportation for commuters in booming towns in Meath, Kildare and Wicklow, Bus Eireann pledged.

Services from areas such as Navan, Naas and Ashbourne to the capital will take place with "city-style service frequency" every 12 minutes.

The new services will be introduced early next year with the addition of 70 new big double-deck buses and coaches.

Key improvements include:

* A new "city-style service frequency" on all major commuter routes into Dublin city, with buses running as regularly as every 12 minutes throughout the day.

* On the busy Ashbourne/Dublin there will be a bus every 12 minutes all day, while commuters on the equally busy Navan/Dublin and Naaa/Dublin routes buses will run every 15 minutes also throughout the day.

* Mullingar/Enfield/Kilcock/ Dublin will run every 30 minutes.

* Rathoath/Dublin buses every 30 minutes.

A range of new services including direct hourly bus services from Dublin Airport to locations such as Mullingar/Enfield, Wicklow/Bray and Newbridge/Naas on a dusk-till-dawn basis are also being introduced.

Dr John Lynch, CIE chairman, said the new buses would enable them to deliver in a very short timeframe significant and tangible improvements to the transport service in the expanding commuter belt.

"The implementation of these plans is vital - not only if we want to provide for the needs of the next generation of commuters but also if we want to reduce congestion car usage, traffic volumes and ultimately carbon emissions in the greater Dublin area," he added.

Treacy Hogan
Irish Independent

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