‘Little or no change’ to local bus service
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.