I’m delighted to see that Dublin Bus has announced a new early morning 38B service. The bus will leave Damastown at 6:00am.
Since September, I have been in regular contact with Dublin Bus to improve capacity on this route, due to the increased number of commuters who are using it. Prior to Christmas, Dublin Bus agreed that more tri-axel buses would be used on the 38B route, as these have a 30% greater passenger capacity.
These improvements are very welcome for residents of Mulhuddart, Corduff and Waterville, all of whom are served by the 38B. The new service will start operating from Monday 20th February.
I will also continue to lobby Dublin Bus to look at providing a bus service through the Waterville estate. There are over 1,500 apartments and houses in this area and a direct route through it would be hugely beneficial to the residents.
Fingal County Council are bringing forward a proposal for a major change to the Snugborough Road bridge and junction. This proposal is currently out for public consultation. The key details are:
- Upgrading the existing five-arm signalised junction at Snugborough Rd/N3 off-ramp/Blanchardstown Centre. Widen all road approaches, provide new high quality pedestrian/cyclist facilities and new public transport priority measures.
- Removal of right hand turning movement from Waterville onto the Snugborough Road.
- Removal of existing roundabout at Snugborough Rd/N3 on-ramp/Waterville and construction of 2 new signalised junctions in its place.
- Construction of new bridge structures over the N3 and over the Tolka Valley.
- Replace existing ramp access to Tolka Valley Park with access at similar grade.
Full details and images can be found here.
If you want to make a submission on this proposal, it can be made in writing to the Senior Executive Officer, Planning Department, Fingal County Council, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin. Submissions can also be made online here. The Council will consider all submissions before a final decision is made on the proposal.
The deadline is close of business on Thursday, 23rd February, 2017. Please feel free to forward me on a copy of your submission at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have written to the Chief Executive of Dublin Bus in relation to the lack of direct bus links to the city centre from the Waterville estate. Waterville is a new estate, built over the last 10 year and now has over 2000 homes, mainly made up of apartment and duplex units.
Currently, the 17A and 220 buses travel through the estate, but both of these routes do not serve the city centre. The only direct routes into the city are the 38, 38A and 38B, but these only stop at one point close to the estate along the Snugborough Road. This stop is a considerable distance away from the majority of the homes in the estate.
I am requesting that Dublin Bus review the provision of bus services in this area, with a view to providing a greater service for the entire Waterville estate. In particular, it could be possible for the 38B to run through the estate in the morning and provide residents with a direct route into the city centre. The recent Census 2016 figures showed that Waterville is in the 10th fastest growing electoral district in the entire country. It needs a bus service that matches its population growth.