Core Bus Corridor - FAQs

Core Bus Corridor - FAQs

What is the Core Bus Corridors Project?

  • 230kms of continuous bus priority and 200kms of cycle tracks along 16 of the busiest corridors in Dublin.
  • Delivery of journey time savings of up to 40-50% on each corridor.

How were these corridors identified as the best ones to develop?

The 16 corridors identified in the proposals represent the most heavily used bus routes in the current bus network and will remain key corridors under the redesigned network of bus services. The statistics in the link below show the annual bus passenger journeys per corridor and the % growth from 2014-2017.

Click here to view the stats on buses & annual bus passenger journeys per corridor

Why focus on bus and cycling, what about tram and rail?

  • Bus is the proven solution and main form of public transport across Dublin with 67% of public transport journeys each day made by bus.
  • Cars only account for 30% of travel into the city centre each day.
  • Bus carries x3 and x4 the number of people who travel on Luas or Dart and commuter rail.
  • Commuting to work by bicycle has increased by 43% since 2011.

How is this different from the Dublin Area Bus Network Redesign?

The network redesign is the redesign of bus services, the first public consultation phase on the network redesign took place between July and September 2018. Around 30,000 submissions including signed petitions and online survey responses were received, the submissions are being reviewed and assessed. Following this process a revised network design will be published in the middle of 2019 for a second public consultation.

Click on the following link to view our easy to read explanation of the differences between the network redesign and the core bus corridor projects.


When will the final network be implemented?

It is envisaged that the implementation of the final network will take place in 2020. The network redesign can be implemented on the existing road network with some enhancements at key interchange locations.

What is the background to the Busconnects project?

To answer this it is necessary to give a background on bus infrastructure, as part of the development of the Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area (GDA), a number of studies have been undertaken which have identified those routes where the demand for travel necessitates significant levels of infrastructural investment in order to minimise delays to bus services. Arising from this analysis, a “Core Bus Network” was identified for the overall region.

The Core Bus Network will serve significant origins and destinations across the Dublin Metropolitan Area and throughout the GDA, particularly those locations not directly served by heavy rail and light rail. It will also provide greater opportunity for reliable and convenient interchange with these services.

At the heart of the BusConnects programme is the proposal to develop continuous bus lanes, as far as is practicable, along the busiest bus corridors; we want to remove the current delays and uncertainties, so that in the future, bus journeys will be faster, more punctual and more reliable. Following the publication of the Transport Strategy, the National Transport Authority (NTA) proceeded with planning and design work to develop initial proposals for each corridor.

I think my property is potentially impacted by the proposals?

If your property is potentially impacted by the proposals, a letter will have been hand delivered to the property and details of how to engage with the NTA are detailed in that letter. A dedicated property liaison representative will be available to meet with individual property owners and provide regular updates on the project. For more details refer to your letter or call our freephone number 1800 303 653.

When did the first round of public consultation take place?

The public consultation for the sixteen core bus corridors took place on a phased basis, between November 2018 and  May 2019. 

Where is the data to prove your predictions of time savings?

Each bus in the Dublin Bus fleet is fitted with an AVL system – this stands for automatic vehicle location and allows us to know exactly how long each bus journey takes and importantly where along its journey it gets delayed with congestion and loses time. All of this data and our transport modelling enables us to show where the times savings can be made and by how much on each corridor.

Will NTA use CPO powers to take people’s land?

As is normal for all large infrastructure projects in Ireland, the properties to be acquired will be included in an overall CPO for the project.  For more details about CPO click here Guide to Compulsory Purchase Orders.

SCSI has a specific guide to BusConnects and CPO: Click here for an explanation of the CPO process