Pro­posed changes to bus routes re­vealed

Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

Bus users are be­ing urged to have their say as the Na­tional Trans­port Au­thor­ity and Dublin Bus have pub­lished plans to over­haul the bus net­work in the Greater Dublin area.

The pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on this re­port will open on Mon­day, July 16, and con­tinue un­til Septem­ber 14. Plans can be viewed on bus­con­nects.ie.

The pro­posed plans will in­crease the fre­quency of all ‘or­bital ser­vices’ con­nect­ing greater Dublin to the city cen­tre and link them to new ‘cen­tral spines’ which are routes that have con­stant buses to the city cen­tre.

This will mean changes to the 145, 184 and 84. One key change lo­cally would be a new cir­cu­lar route (204) around the Grey­stones area go­ing through Grey­stones, from Vic­to­ria Road, Church Road (Main Street) along Mill Road and through Killincar­rig, turn­ing right at the round­about and con­tin­u­ing past Tesco to meet the start­ing point.

The pro­pos­als for Bray in­clude Bray DART sta­tion be­com­ing a ter­mi­nus for all lo­cal routes, while the cur­rent 145 (which will be­come E1) will no longer serve the Kil­lar­ney Road/ Bal­ly­waltrim area but there will be a new feeder route into it. The cur­rent routes 45a, 184, 185 will all more or less re­main the same, how­ever, seem­ingly with a cut to Palermo.

The plan links New­town­moun­tkennedy and Kil­coole and would ex­tend a route from Wick­low to link in with the LUAS in Cher­ry­wood.

Branch E1 of the E spine would be­gin at Bray sta­tion and ex­tend north. Other routes would be the 212 (link­ing Bray and Bal­ly­waltrim, leav­ing ev­ery 10 min­utes), the 211 (tak­ing in Dun Laoghaire and Sal­lynog­gin to Kil­macanogue) and the 213 re­plac­ing the 185. The 84x would be­come 315, with an­other new bus ser­vice (301) to UCD.

Fare struc­tures for the pro­pos­als have not been an­nounced.

‘I would re­ally en­cour­age you to look at the pro­posed changes and make your views known,’ said Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris. ‘This plan is a pro­posal and I firmly be­lieve that en­gage­ment with the com­mu­nity will help ensure the most suit­able ser­vice is pro­vided.’

Bray Labour Party rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ian McGa­hon is urg­ing lo­cal res­i­dents to en­gage with the pro­posed route changes.

‘Im­prove­ments in pub­lic trans­port are al­ways wel­come,’ he said.

‘There are many is­sues to con­sider: will Sta­tion Road at Bray DART Sta­tion be able to cope with an in­crease of hun­dreds of ex­tra bus de­par­tures and ar­rivals? Isn’t this a wasted op­por­tu­nity to bring im­proved bus ser­vices to the South­ern Cross area in Bray?

He also called for clar­ity on the fu­ture of a pro­posed up­grade to Bray sta­tion as a trans­port hub, dat­ing back to 2015.

‘It should be fair to as­sume that the aim of the BusCon­nect plans are to im­prove things for all pas­sen­gers, so that should be our cri­te­ria when we look at the pro­pos­als that im­pact on Bray,’ said Sinn Fein’s coun­cil­lor elect Der­mot O’Brien. ‘Un­for­tu­nately the plan at this stage looks like both a missed op­por­tu­nity and bad news for Bray. My col­league John Brady TD has long sought the es­tab­lish­ment of a Bray loop ser­vice. Whilst not in­cluded in the ini­tial pro­pos­als, I be­lieve there still is an op­por­tu­nity to con­sider a lo­cal loop ser­vice for Bray, this would link key ar­eas like the seafront, South­ern Cross and Lit­tle Bray to Bray Town cen­tre. The loop ser­vice could also in­clude run­ning a ser­vice back into the Fas­saroe area, re­in­stat­ing a route that was cut a num­ber of years ago.’ GAR­DAI have de­ter­mined that killer Mark Hen­nessy is not linked to any other mur­ders or other se­ri­ous crimes after a lengthy trawl of the DNA data­base.

Hen­nessy (40) was shot dead by a garda de­tec­tive on May 20, around 24 hours after he ab­ducted and mur­dered 24-year-old Jas­tine Valdez from En­niskerry.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his shoot­ing is still un­der way.

For weeks, spe­cial­ist of­fi­cers have been com­par­ing Hen­nessy’s DNA in an at­tempt to es­tab­lish con­nec­tions be­tween him and any other se­ri­ous crimes, in­clud­ing un­solved mur­ders and sex as­saults.

No such link has been found, and a se­nior source said that the ab­duc­tion and mur­der of Jas­tine is be­ing treated as hugely out of char­ac­ter’ for the killer.

‘ There was noth­ing in his back­ground to sug­gest that he would carry out such a crime and there is no ev­i­dence at all link­ing him to any other se­ri­ous crime, as the DNA data­base has come back with noth­ing,’ ac­cord­ing to a source.

Hen­nessy was not known to gar­dai for any se­ri­ous crim­i­nal be­hav­iour. How­ever, he had pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions dat­ing back to his early 20s.

The DNA data­base in­tro­duced in 2014 is used to match crime scene pro­files dur­ing garda in­ves­ti­ga­tions as well as iden­ti­fy­ing miss­ing and un­known per­sons.

Gar­dai have still not re­ceived tox­i­col­ogy and other re­ports in re­la­tion to the mur­der, which is clas­si­fied as be­ing ‘de­tected’.

It has also emerged that Hen­nessy’s dev­as­tated Welsh wife and mother of his two chil­dren has left Ire­land and is now based in Eng­land with her chil­dren at her sis­ter’s home.

Students of Maeve Miller who earned their Speech and Drama Cer­tifi­cates for their grade ex­am­i­na­tions at the Bray School of Speech and Drama

There is a pro­posal to make Bray sta­tion a ter­mi­nus for lo­cal routes.

The late Jas­tine Valdez.

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