The National Transport Authority in conjunction with Dublin Bus have launched the first phase of the new BusConnects network for Dublin. This phase includes routes connecting Dublin’s north east to the city centre covering the areas of Howth, Baldoyle, Donaghmede, Raheny, Malahide, Portmarnock and Howth.
The overall objective of the improved network will be a significant increase in capacity and frequency for customers, as well as more evening and weekend services for all spines. This is the first phase in the implementation of the new BusConnects network and follows on from three rounds of public consultation which concluded in 2020.
The H spine branches are the primary driver of the new network delivering fast and frequent services to the city centre. Services on H1 (from Baldoyle), H2 (from Malahide) and H3 (from Howth) will provide greater levels of service to these residents and the surrounding communities. Click here for more information about the H spine launch.
Background to the new BusConnects Network for Dublin:
Following three rounds of public consultation which began in 2017, the National Transport Authority published the new Dublin Area bus network in September 2020. This new bus network plan is the final version resulting from previous redesign proposals and with consideration given to issues raised by over 72,000 submissions. The implementation of the New Network will take place on a phased basis over a number of years starting in 2021 with the H spine launch. All information related to the New Dublin Area Bus Network can be viewed and downloaded below, including a map of the overall network, local area maps, the 2019 consultation report and a summary document.
Network services, including routes, frequencies, interchange, spine and orbital routes were all considered in the redesigned network, to ensure demand for public transport can be met, in the medium and long terms. Under the plans, the network will be arranged on the basis of spines radiating from the city centre, supported by other services. The new routes will consist of:
Spines - frequent routes made up of individual bus services timetabled to work together along a corridor. At the end of the corridor, the individual services branch off to serve different areas.
Orbitals - services operating around the city. They provide connections between suburbs and town centres, without having to travel into the City Centre. They also provide connections to rail, Luas and other bus routes.
Other City Bound Routes – services operating into Dublin City Centre. These services are not part of any spine and operate on their own timetable.
Local Routes – services providing important connections within local areas, linking to local retail centres and to onward transport connections.
Peak-Only Routes – services operating during the peak travel periods, generally weekday mornings and evenings, providing additional capacity along key bus corridors.
Express Routes - direct services from outer suburbs to the City Centre at peak commute hours, operating a limited stop service to get passengers to their destinations faster.
Detailed service planning will be undertaken for each of the new routes. This service planning will consider the type of vehicle required to operate the services considering aspects such as capacity and geometric constraints.
The benefits of the Network Redesign include an overall increase in bus services of 23%, increased peak hour capacity, increased evening and weekend services, 24 hour operations on some routes, a 16% increase in the number of residents located within 400m of a frequent bus service to the city centre, new connections to schools, hospitals and other essential services and increased access to jobs and education.