In December 2020 a third round of public consultation ended on the 16 Core Bus Corridors, concluding the NTA’s non-statutory public consultation process. All submissions were reviewed and considered as part of the design process. The NTA will be presenting its planning application to An Bord Pleanála in the coming months.
Public Consultation on Emerging & Preferred Route Options
Over the last 3 years with the help of the public, the NTA have refined and altered our proposals across the 16 Core Bus Corridors and endeavoured to design a new bus system that is both efficient and effective, while being cognisant of the needs of local communities.
Between November 2018 and May 2019, the National Transport Authority (NTA) carried out the first round of public consultation regarding proposals for the Emerging Preferred Routes of 16 Core Bus Corridors (CBC) across Dublin. During this first round of consultation we received 13,000 submissions in total. These submissions were reviewed and considered as part of the design process for the Preferred Route Option for each corridor.
A second round of public consultation on the Preferred Route options commenced in March 2020 and continued until mid-April 2020. Notwithstanding the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent Government restrictions, the consultation continued due to the level of interest. The focus of public queries and submissions came through emails, post, phone conversations and online submissions as all the information was available on this website for review.
It was decided in March 2020 that an additional third round of public consultation would take place from November to December 2020 to provide further opportunities for the public to review and submit feedback to the latest set of designs through a virtual consultation process. 3,716 additional submissions were received during this period of consultation.
In the coming months the NTA will present it’s planning applications for the 16 Core Bus Corridors to an Bord Pleanála. For the purposes of progressing the BusConnects Dublin Core Bus Corridor Infrastructure Works through the statutory planning process, the 16 Core Bus Corridors that have been the subject of non-statutory public consultation, are now being grouped as 12 individual schemes based on geographical links.
The rationale for combining two Core Bus Corridors into one scheme is that a number of the 16 corridors join together and partially share the same route on a corridor towards the city centre. For example, the Finglas-Phibsborough Core Bus Corridor (CBC04) and the Ballymun-City Centre Core Bus Corridors (CBC05) both share a section of the Phibsborough Road (R108) and therefore will be combined to make up the Ballymun / Finglas to City Centre Core Bus Corridor Scheme for the purposes of simplifying the statutory planning process.
The 12 Schemes, made up of the 16 Core Bus Corridors that will be the subject of separate statutory planning applications to An Bord Pleanála for approval are as follows: Clongriffin to City Centre; Swords to City Centre; Ballymun/Finglas to City Centre; Blanchardstown to City Centre; Lucan to City Centre; Liffey Valley to City Centre; Tallaght/Clondalkin to City Centre; Kimmage to City Centre; Templeogue/Rathfarnham to City Centre; Bray to City Centre; Belfield/Blackrock to City Centre and Ringsend to City Centre.
Members of the public will be able to attend the virtual An Bord Pleanála hearings, the details of which will be available nearer the time, and the NTA will regularly provide updates on the planning process as it progresses.
You can view all of the Preferred Route Option reports for each Core Bus Corridor below: