Bus Connects: Concerns about the proposed 213 route
Bus Connects is a welcome investment into transport services in the Greater Dublin Area and we should work with the National Transport Authority to optimise the new network to connect our towns and villages in North Wicklow.
However, I do have concerns about the proposed 213 route, which will merge the 185 and 44 bus routes. I acknowledge that the proposed route has its drawbacks, but I believe it also has some benefits, like going to or near all the major Dublin universities. However, I am concerned that the route would not go through Dundrum anymore but rather near hubs where other buses or the Luas could bring people there. Though a major reformation of the bus network is not going to please everyone, we need to have local input about the proposed destination changes, frequency and pricing.
One issue that needs to be addressed is the consistency of the buses, coming every 40 minutes, without any regard for peak hour travel. I think this needs to be amended to take account of rush-hour and the frequency should be increased to every 20 minutes between 7 and 8 in the morning, as well as between 5 and 6.30.
In response to these major changes, pricing of tickets will need to be more flexible for customers’ needs and ensure services are prompt and consistent.