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 extra assistance to understand the information in this brochure or on our website call 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
|A2||Airport||Santry - Drumcondra - City Centre (O'Connell St, George's St) - Rathmines - Rathgar - Terenure - Rathfarnham - Ballinteer - Grange Rd||Dundrum||Every 10-15 mins|
|A4||Brackenstown Rd||Santry - Drumcondra - City Centre (O'Connell St, George's St) - Rathmines - Rathgar - Terenure||Nutgrove||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.
|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|
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) .
|196||Airside||Swords - Knocksedan - Rivermeade - St Margaret's Rd - Charlestown Shopping Centre||Finglas||Every 120 mins|
|197||Airside||Swords Main St - Rathbeale Rd - Rolestown||Ashbourne||Every 60 mins|
|280||Swords Business Park||Swords Main St - Drynam Rd - Feltrim - Kinsealy - Clongriffin Station - Clare Hall - Priorswood - Beaumont - Whitehall||DCU||Every 40 mins|
|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||Swords - River Valley - Airport Roundabout - M1 - Port Tunnel - Custom House - Merrion Sq - St Stephen's Green - Donnybrook||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.
Spine route A2 runs on Swords Road.
Spine route A4 travels on Brackenstown Road and Murrough Road, proceeding along Dublin Road and Swords Road.
City bound route 8 proceeds on Swords Road and Old Airport Road.
City bound route 82 runs on Glen Ellan Road and Balheary Road, then proceeding along Main Street, River Valley Road, Rathingle Road, Boroimhe, Dublin Road and Swords Road.
Local route 196 travels on Dublin Road, Swords Bypass, Main Street, Rathbeale Road, Murrough Road and Brackenstown Road before continuing to Knocksedan.
Local route 197 proceeds on Swords Bypass, Main Street and Rathbeale Road.
Local route 280 runs on Swords Bypass, Main Street, Mountgorry and Feltrim Road.
Local route 281 travels on Dublin Road, N Naul Road, Forest Road and on to Rathingle Road and River Valley Road.
Local routes 283 and 285 proceed along Dublin Road, Main Street and R132 with 283 branching to Hearse Road.
Terminus for A2, 8, 281, 283 and 285 at Dublin airport.
Peak time routes are available on M1, Dublin Road, River Valley Road, Main Street as well as Murrough Road and Brackenstown Road.
|Your Chosen Route||How BusConnects will get you there|
|Glen Ellan Road to Merrion Square||Take Route 82 direct from Glen Ellan Road to Merrion Square|
|Rathbeale Roadd to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre||Take the A4 Route from Rathbeale Road to Collins Avenue, Whitehall, then take the N4 Route from Whitehall to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre|