Changes to 33B bus route timetable com­ing soon

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - JOHN MAN­NING

AF­TER rep­re­sen­ta­tions made by a local Labour TD, the NTA has held dis­cus­sions with Dublin Bus in an ef­fort to bet­ter co-or­di­nate the timetable of the 33B bus service, with the train ser­vices at Don­abate Train Sta­tion.

The NTA has writ­ten to Deputy Bren­dan Ryan TD, re­ply­ing to an email from the Labour TD re­quest­ing bet­ter co-or­di­na­tion be­tween rail and bus ser­vices on the penin­sula.

The NTA told Deputy Ryan that it had dis­cussed the is­sue with Dublin Bus and was await­ing new timetable pro­pos­als fro the route from the bus com­pany. The NTA said it ex­pected those pro­pos­als ‘shortly’.

Deputy Ryan ex­plained why he raised the is­sue with the NTA, say­ing: ‘There has been an on­go­ing prob­lem with lack of co­or­di­na­tion in Don­abate of the train service from Dublin City with the 33B bus service to Por­trane.’

He said: ‘You may be aware that Por­trane is about 3km from the rail sta­tion in Don­abate. It is roughly a 36 minute walk.

‘On a re­cent visit to Don­abate I was wait­ing at Don­abate rail sta­tion for a train to Sk­er­ries.

‘I wit­nessed my­self the bus travel across the bridge to­wards Por­trane at 11.55pm.

‘The train from the city ar­rived six min­utes later at 12.01,’ he said.

Deputy Ryan added: ‘I have been push­ing the NTA, Ir­ish Rail and Dublin Bus for years in re­la­tion to this is­sue as a rel­a­tively sim­ple timetable ad­just­ment would greatly ben­e­fit res­i­dents in Por­trane who will be able to co­or­di­nate their pub­lic trans­port op­tions to get home.

‘I look for­ward to this mat­ter be­ing re­solved in the com­ing months and I will keep in con­tact with Dublin Bus and the NTA in or­der to bring it to a suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion.’

Changes to the 33b timetable are ex­pected.

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