Residents need to be aware of local impact of BusConnects plan - Imelda Munster TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD has encouraged local residents in Dublin and surrounding areas served by Dublin Bus to engage with the National Transport Authority’s consultation process for the proposed BusConnects project.
The project proposes to introduce sweeping changes across the Dublin Bus network.
Deputy Munster said:
“I am encouraging local residents to examine the proposed plan, details of which are available on www.busconnects.ie. The consultation is currently open, and the closing date is the 28th September for submissions.
“The plan aims to improve the bus network in Dublin, however concerns have been raised about the potential for negative impacts in some areas.
“Whilst any measures aimed at improving the bus network in Dublin are to be welcomed, there are concerns that BusConnects may prove to be problematic.
"The clue is in the name: passengers in some areas will have to get several connecting buses to travel from the suburbs into the city centre.
“There are also potential problems with service frequency reductions and moving bus stops from residential areas. These changes have the potential to hit vulnerable transport users hardest, such as the elderly and people with disabilities.
“Areas that are earmarked for building works which may impact on local properties should also examine the proposed plans carefully.
“I would encourage anyone with concerns or problems to contact their local Sinn Féin representative for further information and advice regarding the consultation process ahead of the deadline at the end of September.
“This plan will affect most parts of the city and it is important that the voices and views of as many service users as possible are heard.
“Previous Dublin infrastructural projects have had a negative effect on passengers and on the city. It’s important that the NTA gets this right, and the best way to achieve a positive result is for local engagement with the consultation process, including public meetings which are currently being arranged in local areas.”