12 January 2011

Bus Changes Need to Serve the Communities of Clondalkin, Newcastle, Rathcoole & Saggart - Fitzgerald

Local Fine Gael election candidate, Senator Frances Fitzgerald has expressed concern over proposed changes to Clondalkin, Newcastle and Rathcoole bus routes.

Dublin Bus revealed over the Christmas period that they plan to make changes to the 51 b/c, 68, 69, 76 a/b and 210 routes.

“Any changes made to the public transport system servicing Clondalkin, Rathcoole and Newcastle need to best serve the community,” said Senator Frances Fitzgerald.

The 51 b/c route will be served by the 13 which will operate between Clondalkin and Ballymun. The 68 and 69 will terminate at the Red Cow whilst the 76 will no longer pass through Ballyfermot. The 210 will cease to operate under the Network Direct scheme.

“It remains unclear how time tables, routes and travel journeys be affected. These are the questions commuters in Clondalkin need answers to. We need to be fully satisfied that changes will not have a negative impact on bus users,” continued Frances Fitzgerald.

“I am also concerned about the proposal for the 68 and 69 buses to no longer serve the City Centre. This will particularly affect people from Rathcoole, Newcastle and Saggart trying to commute to work and college. These changes have the potential to isolate Rathcoole and Newcastle and to add extra time, hassle and cost to people’s journeys,” continued the Senator.

Senator Fitzgerald has been dealing with Dublin Bus on a number of issues relating to route changes.

“There was chaos in Lucan recently when their bus service was changed and I do not want to see this chaos replicated in Clondalkin, Rathcoole and Newcastle. The changes implemented there have had a negative impact on commuters and I am campaigning to have them reversed. I am in continual contact with Dublin Bus on this and will continue to fight for the rights of commuters throughout Clondalkin, Lucan, Rathcoole and Newcastle,” stated Frances Fitzgerald.

Dublin Bus are still in a consultation period and are inviting people to send in their views on the proposed route changes by email at nerworkdirect@dublinbus.ie or by phone at 01 8734222 .

“This is an opportunity for your voice to be heard and to get an effective transport system in our area. The closing date for submissions is the 23rd of January and I would urge anybody who is worried about how the changes will affect them to get in touch with Dublin Bus,” concluded Senator Fitzgerald.