BusConnects – Blanchardstown to City Centre Core Bus Corridor Scheme

At the start of July, the National Transport Authority (NTA) gave notice of its application under Section 51(2) of the Roads Act 1993 (as amended) to An Bord Pleanála for approval in relation to a proposed road development consisting of the construction of the Blanchardstown to City Centre Core Bus Corridor Scheme.

For information, a small number of changes have been made to this scheme following consideration of the submissions received during the third round of public consultation (at the end of 2020) and these are summarised below.

• The N3 on-slip from Old Navan Road at Corduff modified to include a left turn filter lane;

• A Bus Driver Welfare Facility introduced along Blanchardstown Road South;

• Two bus stops and associated pedestrian ramps to the north of N3 Navan Road have been relocated to west of Mill Road;

• The Ashtown Road roundabout has been amended to a four arm signalised junction;

• A number of Junction, Crossing and Parking Modifications introduced;

• The previously proposed two-way cycle track on Brunswick Street North has been amended to two one-way cycle tracks;

• The previously proposed two-way cycle track relocated to east side of Queen Street, with a reduction to one traffic lane from Blackhall Street to the Quays;

  • Offline traffic management strategy prepared to offset diversions due to online measures;
  • Landscaping updated throughout; and
  • Cycle facilities have been further optimised.

A copy of the application documentation may be viewed and downloaded free of charge at: www.blanchardstownscheme.ie. Please note all previous documents regarding BusConnects are still available on www.busconnects.ie

Submissions/observations may be made in writing to the Board at An Bord Pleanála (Strategic Infrastructure Division), 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, D01 V902 between Tuesday 5th July and Tuesday 30th August 2022.

Any submissions/observations must be accompanied by a fee of €50 and must be received by the Board not later than 5.30 p.m. on the 30th August 2022.  This fee will not apply to certain prescribed bodies including those specified in Section 51(3)(b) of the Roads Act 1993 (as amended) or to landowners and others with a legal interest in land who are objecting to compulsory acquisition of land in which they have such an interest in a compulsory acquisition case.

Submissions/observations can also be made on the An Bord Pleanála website at the following address: https://online.pleanala.ie/en-ie/sid/observation.

Press Release – College Green Bus Gate must remain open – O’Gorman




Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has called on Dublin City councillors not to interfere with the College Green Bus Gate.


“I’m calling on Dublin City councillors to resist the attempt being made by vested interests to reverse or limit the College Green Bus Gate that was opened earlier in the year”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.


“The statistics show that the College Green Bus Gate has been a real success. Cyclist traffic has increased 64% along O’Connell Street and it is reported that the average time taken for a bus to travel from Parnell Square to Nassau Street has fallen by 50% from 20 minutes to 10 minutes”.


“I strongly believe that the decrease in business being suffered by some shops in the city centre is a result of the recession and not, as they allege, due to the bus gate. Indeed, compared with last year, footfall was down more in the period before the bus gate was introduced than in the period after its introduction”.


“The bus gate has made a significant improvement to the journey times of many Dublin 15 residents who, like myself, use public transport in the morning and evening. It has also made the city centre safer for cyclists. It would be a huge step backwards for the city if big business people are allowed dictate transport policy. The councillors on Dublin City Council from all parties must resist this pressure”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.