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Sandymount residents seek to change the course of BusConnects

A group of Sandymount residents are appealing to the National Transportation Authority (NTA) to urgently change the route for the new BusConnects C-Spine that only entered service on Sunday.

C-Spine is Dublin’s second re-engineered bus network to start operating, with buses running from Maynooth, Celbridge, Leixlip and Lucan, through the city to Ringsend and Sandymount. Follows last June’s introduction to the H backbone of Howth and Malahide.

While the C-Spine routes remain from West Dublin largely as published by the NTA in 2020, the Sandymount end of the route has been changed to remove buses from Strand Road.

The change was introduced to facilitate Dublin City Council’s plans to start a one-way system on the Strand to make space for a bike lane. The Supreme Court ruled in July that the bike path required planning permission. The Board appeals the court’s decision.

Strand road unused

Sandymount residents said they only realized in recent weeks that BusConnects’ plan had changed to use Guilford Road and Park Avenue instead of the Strand Road.

“Park Avenue is a narrow residential road and at some points it would be virtually impossible for two buses to pass each other without one fixed to the sidewalk. Within this new BusConnects route, there will be buses every two minutes at peak times and approximately every four minutes after that,” said Kevin Byrne. From the Park Avenue Action Collection « This kind of frequency is unimaginable. »

As of mid-November, maps on the NTA’s website showed the C-Spine route using the Strand Road, Mr. Byrne said.

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