‘Lit­tle or no change’ to lo­cal bus ser­vice

Bray People - - Council Report -

GREY­STONES will be largely un­af­fected by cut­backs in Dublin Bus it emerged last week.

On Tues­day night last Chris Raf­ferty and Derry O’Leary of Dublin Bus met with mem­bers of Grey­stones Town Coun­cil to al­lay their fears that the vil­lage would lost vi­tal trans­port links to Dublin.

Mr. Raf­ferty said there will be ‘lit­tle or no change to the ser­vices in the area’. He said the whole ser­vice had been for re­view and fol­low­ing that Grey­stones bus ser­vices would re­main largely un­changed. He went on to say that there would be some stream­lin­ing of the ser­vice to pro­vide users with the best pos­si­ble ser­vice. ‘The 84 and the 84X are go­ing well at rush hour. There may be some changes to the off peak sched­ule but 98 per cent of the de­mand for the 84X is in peak times so it will make lit­tle or no im­pact.’

He said the 84 X route was now ex­tremely suc­cess­ful hav­ing been al­tered over the years. A num­ber of years ago there were sev­eral com­plaints a week about the ser­vice but now com­plaints were very rare he said.

Cllr. Derek Mitchell won­dered if it would be pos­si­ble to ex­tend the night link to Charles­land but while it was not ruled out the mem­bers were told the night link ser­vice was ‘ in trou­ble’.

‘The night links are in trou­ble’, said Mr. Raf­ferty. ‘There is go­ing to be some changes to the ser­vice. We will still have the 84N on Fri­day and Satur­day but we have scrapped it Mon­day to Thurs­day. De­mand for the night links have re­ally de­te­ri­o­rated.’

Mr. Raf­ferty also said there would be changes to the New­town leg of the 84X as that ser­vice didn’t run very well ei­ther.

When asked by Cllr. Kath­leen Kelle­her why Dublin Bus had stopped build­ing lay­bys Mr. O’Leary said that it was much eas­ier for bus driv­ers to pull in tight to the path as op­posed to a lay-by. He also said that lay-bys had largely been aban­doned to make it eas­ier for wheel­chair users.

Real time passenger in­for­ma­tion is a pri­or­ity for Dublin Bus he said. ‘To set up real time passenger in­for­ma­tion all the buses in the fleet need to be equipped with an au­to­matic ve­hi­cle lo­ca­tion sys­tem and this is a pri­or­ity for us’, he said.

The Grey­stones bus ser­vice is un­likely to af­fected by Bus Eire­ann cut­backs.

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