Phase 3 BusConnects Network Redesign

Phase 3 of the BusConnects Network Redesign is launching on 29th May in the north of Dublin. This phase introduces northern orbital routes called the N4 and N6. to find out more visit the Transport for Ireland website.

Phase 2 BusConnects Network Redesign

Phase 2 of the BusConnects Network Redesign launched on 28th November 2021 and serves the communities of Maynooth, Celbridge, Leixlip, Lucan, Adamstown, Liffey Valley and Palmerstown to the City Centre as well as Ringsend and Sandymount.

This saw the introduction of the C-Spine (C1, C2, C3, C4), route 52, eight peak only routes (P29, X25, X26, X27, X28, X30, X31 and X32) and six local routes (L51, L52, L53, L54, L58 and L59). Two night-time routes (C5 and C6) were also be introduced.

This phase provided enhanced bus services with a high frequency spine as well as new local and radial routes. This was the second phase in the implementation of the new BusConnects network and follows on from the successful rollout of the H Spine in June 2021. This relates to the bus network aspects of the programme and not the infrastructure proposals.

This phase is primarily operated by Dublin Bus, with the exception of the L51 and L52 which will be operated by Go-Ahead Ireland.

The remaining phases of the new network will continue to be rolled out on an incremental basis.

More information on the C-Spine is on the Transport for Ireland website.

Phase 1 BusConnects Network Redesign

The National Transport Authority in conjunction with Dublin Bus launched the first phase of the new BusConnects network for Dublin in June 2021. The first phase included 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 is a significant increase in capacity and frequency for customers, as well as more evening and weekend services for all spines. This was 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 deliver fast and frequent services to the city centre. Services on H1 (from Baldoyle), H2 (from Malahide) and H3 (from Howth) provide greater levels of service to these residents and the surrounding communities. Click here for more information on the H spine.

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.