BusConnects is the National Transport Authority's programme to greatly improve bus services across the Dublin region. Dublin is growing and needs a bus network that works for a developing city. Its aim is to deliver an enhanced bus system that is better for the city, its people and the environment. With more buses, more often, to more places, BusConnects is designed to provide a better, more reliable and more efficient bus service for everyone.
Last year we held our first round of public consultation on the bus network redesign. The feedback showed us what we got right and what needed a rethink. Based on that input, we've refined our design for the new bus network. We've amended our initial proposals to address many of the issues raised, leading to a better overall network.
This brochure provides details of the proposed bus routes in your area and where they will connect to. It is one of 31 brochures covering the whole region.
All of the brochures and full details of the overall network are available on the BusConnects website www.busconnects.ie
We will be holding Public Information events in various locations over the coming weeks where our team will be happy to explain details of the proposals, and answer any questions you might have. Details of these events are available on the BusConnects website, and will be advertised widely.
If you require additional information that is not available in this brochure or on our website, call us on Freephone 1800 303 653
What do you think about the amended bus network? This second round of public consultation allows you to give your views on the proposals. You can give us your comments electronically using the feedback form.
Simply go to www.busconnects.ie
Alternatively you can send your comments in writing to: Dublin Area Bus Network Redesign, National Transport Authority, Dún Scéine, Harcourt Lane, Dublin 2, D02 WT20 or email: email@example.com
The closing date for submissions can be checked at www.busconnects.ie
Spines are very 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. E.g. where bus services A1, A2, A3 and A4 join together that forms the A-Spine
|A1||Beaumont||Drumcondra - City Centre (O'Connell St, George's St) - Rathmines - Rathgar - Terenure - Templeogue - Knocklyon||Ballycullen||Every 10-15 mins|
|A2||Airport||Santry - Drumcondra - City Centre (O'Connell St, George's St) - Rathmines - Rathgar - Terenure - Rathfarnham - Ballinteer - Grange Rd||Dundrum||Every 10-15 mins|
|A3||Shanowen Rd||Drumcondra - City Centre (O'Connell St, George's St) - Rathmines - Rathgar - Terenure - Templeogue||Tallaght||Every 10-15 mins|
|A4||Swords||Santry - Drumcondra - City Centre (O'Connell St, George's St) - Rathmines - Rathgar - Terenure||Nutgrove||Every 10-15 mins|
|D4||Coolock Lane||Beaumont Hospital - Ardlea Rd - Malahide Rd - Fairview - City Centre (Amiens St, Quays) - Cork St - Crumlin Rd - Greenhills Rd - Tallaght - Killinarden||Kiltipper Way||Every 30 mins|
|E1||Balbutcher Lane||Ballymun - Glasnevin - St Mobhi Rd - Phibsborough - City Centre (O'Connell St, St.Stephen's Green) - Donnybrook - Stillorgan Rd - N11 - Shankill||Bray||Every 10-15 mins|
|E2||Charlestown||St Margaret's Rd - Balbutcher Lane - Ballymun - Glasnevin - St Mobhi Rd - Phibsborough - City Centre (O'Connell St, St.Stephen's Green) - Donnybrook - Stillorgan Rd - Kill Lane||Dun Laoghaire||Every 10-15 mins|
Orbital services operate 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 or other bus routes.
|N4||Blanchardstown Centre||Cappagh Hospital - Finglas - DCU - Whitehall - Donnycarney - Killester - East Wall||Spencer Dock||Every 10-15 mins|
|N8||Finglas||Charlestown Shopping Centre - Ballymun - Santry - Beaumont Hospital - Coolock - Tonlegee Rd||Donaghmede Station||Every 10-15 mins|
Other city bound services operate into Dublin City Centre. These services are not part of any Spine, and operate to their own timetable.
|7||Charlestown||Jamestown Rd - Tolka Estate - Glasnevin - Phibsborough - O'Connell St||Merrion Sq||Every 20-25 mins|
|8||Airport||Charlestown - Ballygall Rd - Glasnevin - Phibsborough - O'Connell St||Merrion Sq||Every 20-25 mins|
|82||Glen Ellan Rd||Swords - River Valley - Swords Rd - Santry - Drumcondra - City Centre (Gardiner St)||Merrion Sq||Every 10-15 mins|
|94||Ballymun||Wadelai - Glasnevin - Drumcondra -City Centre (Dorset St)||Parnell Sq||Every 10-15 mins|
Local services provide important connections within local areas, linking to local retail centres and to onward transport connections (e.g. to Rail and Luas, or Spine routes) .
|281||Airport||Forest Rd- River Valley - Swords - Seabury - Malahide - Blackwood Lane - Strand Rd||Portmarnock Station||Every 20-25 mins|
|283||Airport||Swords - Donabate||Portrane||Every 30 mins|
|285||Airport||Swords - Blake's Cross - Lusk - Rush - Skerries||Balbriggan||Every 30 mins|
Peak-time services operate during the peak travel periods, generally weekday mornings and evenings.
|380||Wendell Ave||Malahide - Seabury - Holywell - M1 - Port Tunnel - Custom House - Merrion Sq - St Stephen's Green - Rathmines - Dartry - Clonskeagh||UCD||Peak Only|
|382||Applewood||Donabate - M1 - Port Tunnel - Custom House - Merrion Sq - Ballsbridge - St Vincent's Hospital||UCD||Peak Only|
|383||Portrane||Donabate - M1 - Port Tunnel - Custom House - Merrion Sq - Ballsbridge - St Vincent's Hospital||UCD||Peak Only|
|384||Knocksedan||Rathbeale Rd - Pavilions Shopping Centre - Holywell - M1 - Port Tunnel - Custom House - Merrion Sq - St Stephen's Green - Donnybrook||UCD||Peak Only|
|385||Skerries||Rush - Lusk - M1 - Port Tunnel - Custom House - Merrion Sq - Ballsbridge - St Vincent's Hospital||UCD||Peak Only|
BusConnects will have all new route numbers. That means that although some of the bus numbers will remain, routes will not be the same as they are today. For example the new route of the 16 service will not be the same as the current 16 route.
We will simplify fares across bus, Luas and DART. There will be two Leap fares
With the "90 Minute Ticket", you won't have to pay extra to change between buses and Luas or between DART and buses or between buses.
Bus passes and tax saver tickets will continue to work as they do today.
The new bus network will be introduced in phases. The first phase will be implemented in early 2021 and the full roll-out of the network will take approximately two years. So there will be plenty of time to get familiar with your new routes and bus numbers.
How BusConnects gets you where you want to go.
A2 and A4 spines travel along the Swords Road.
E2 Spine travels along St Margaret's Road, along Balbutcher Lane North and joins spine E1 to continue on the Ballymun Road.
A3 Spine proceeds from Shanliss Road to Collins Avenue.
D4 Spine proceeds along Coolock Lane to Dundanie.
A1 Spine travels along Lorcan Avenue.
Terminus for A2, 8, 281, 283 and 285 at Dublin Airport.
Orbital route N8 travels on Popplintree Park, along Balbutcher Lane South, through Santry Avenue, along Coolock Lane then on to Dundandiel road.
Orbital route N4 travels from Glasnevin Avenue to Collins Avenue.
City Bound Route 8 travels along South Parallel Road to the Old Airport Road then to the Airport.
City Bound Route 82 proceeds from the Airport down the Swords Down.
City Bound Route 94 travels along Balbutcher Lane South and along the Ballmun Road.
Local route 281 heads North along the Swords Road.
Peak time routes are available on the M1.
|Your Chosen Route||How BusConnects will get you there|
|Airport to O'Connell Street||Take the A2 Route from the Airport direct to O'Connell Street.|
|Beaumont to Heuston Station||Take the D4 Route to Aston Quay and then take the C4 Route from Aston Quay to Heuston Station.|