Recently I’ve been receiving a lot of representations about the 39 bus route, both as regards the inadequate number of buses serving it and the uncertainty about when buses will actually arrive.
While Dublin Bus has streamlined many of the routes across Dublin 15, these changes have resulted in Blanchardstown village and the Clonsilla Road having a significant decrease in the number of available buses. This is particularly the case due to the withdrawal of the 39A route. While this was done in order for that route to serve more densely populated areas like Ongar, it has meant that the older population of the Blanchardstown and Coolmine area are left with the much less frequent 39 route.
I have received a significant number of representations by people, primarily those over 60, who have been negatively impacted by this. The 39 service only operates every 30 minutes for most of the day, and the fact that the service is so poor turns people off from using it.
Regrettably, when I raised this issue with Dublin Bus, they stated that they had no plans to increase services on the 39 route at present. I think this is a mistake on the part of Dublin Bus, and fails to recognise the demographics of many estates around Blanchardstown, where older people are being unfairly affected by the reduced bus services. I will continue to work on this issue and seek improved bus routes across Dublin 15.
I have been able to make some progress regarding the lack of ‘Real-Time’ bus monitors along the 39 route. I contacted the National Transport Authority and I’ve been assured that a new round of bus monitors are soon to be installed across Dublin 15. The NTA have stated that they will give consideration to my recommendation that some of these are installed along the Clonsilla Road.