Proposed Bus Rapid Transit Scheme – Swords to City Centre

The National Roads Authority recently announced the development of a Bus Rapid Transit Scheme with three proposed corridors including one which will serve Swords and the City Centre.

According to the NRA the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) “has emerged in recent years as an effective, cost efficient and high quality public transport system. BRT offers fast, reliable, predictable and comfortable journeys in modern, high quality vehicles. BRT seeks to emulate the service, performance quality, and amenity characteristics of a modern light rail-based transit system at a much lower cost.”

“Given its cost, flexibility and effectiveness, BRT has a key role in the development of an integrated public transport system for Dublin. It delivers higher capacity on existing busy bus corridors and provides an attractive alternative to car transport, with fast and reliable journey times.”

While any increase in public transport options is to be welcomed this should not be seen in any way as a replacement for Metro North which was abandoned by Fine Gael and Labour when they took office. Metro North must remain a priority and we must continue to campaign for its reinstatement. I intend to campaign for a restoration of the Metro North plan.

Swords/Airport to City Centre BRT Route:

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The scheme is intended to serve the busy corridor between Swords and the City Centre, with 24 stops at key locations along the route and a potential three additional future stops identified.

The proposed service starts north of Swords on the Rathbeale Road, close to its junction with Glen Ellan Road. From Pine Grove Park it travels on a BRT only link to Broadmeadow Road and onto Castlegrange Green, before connecting to Estuary Roundabout on the R132.

The route then follows the R132, along the Swords Bypass and the Dublin Road, serving Dublin Airport before turning east onto Coolock Lane in Santry. From Coolock Lane Roundabout it travels southwards to a “Santry South” stop at Shantalla Road, which will serve areas of Beaumount as well as south Santry.

The scheme continues southwards along the Swords Road, Drumcondra Road and Dorset Street Lower, before turning onto Belvidere Road and onwards to Mountjoy Square. The service then routes through Denmark Street Great and turns south to travel through O’Connell Street.

South of the River Liffey, the scheme operates along D’Olier Street and Pearse Street, with contraflow BRT/ Bus lanes provided on these streets, before turning into Westland Row and onwards to Merrion Square West.

Travelling through Ely Place, Hume Street and St. Stephen’s Green East, the scheme terminates with stops located at Earlsfort Terrace and Leeson Street Lower.

Public consultation is now open and will remain open until Friday 14th March.

You can make a submission following the link below:

http://www.nationaltransport.ie/public-consultations/current/public-consultation-on-bus-rapid-transit/

I will be making a submission also.

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