16 June 2011

Fitzgerald welcomes move to keep 68 & 69 buses running to city centre

“I am delighted that the 68 and 69 bus routes from Newcastle and Rathcoole will continue to link the villages to the city centre,” said Minister Fitzgerald who strongly opposed proposals from Dublin Bus to terminate these routes in Clondalkin.

“This great news comes after the results of the public consultation process were analysed by Dublin Bus. It is a response to the huge local concern at proposals for terminating these bus routes in Clondalkin,” explained Minister Fitzgerald.

The proposals to terminate these routes in Clondalkin were put forward by Dublin Bus as part of their Network Direct changes. A public consultation meeting was held in Clondalkin Library and hundreds of residents sent through submissions to Dublin Bus on this controversial plan.

“After leading the way on this nationally, I am very pleased with the outcome. I was totally opposed to these measures as I felt they would isolate the villages of Newcastle, Saggart and Rathcoole,” continued Fitzgerald.

Fine Gael Cllr. Tony Delaney also welcomed the news. He said, “this is a victory for commuters. The proposals being considered would have inconvenienced the residents of Rathcoole, Newcastle and Saggart greatly and led to longer commutes. Dublin Bus runs a public service and I am delighted to see, that in this case, the management of Dublin Bus took into consideration the views of residents and users of its service."

The 68 bus route will be changed and the timetable of both the 68 and 69 bus service will change but both bus services will continue to link the villages to the city centre. Under these changes the 68 route to town will go through the South Circular Road. The 68 buses will depart the city centre on the half hour and the 69 buses will depart the city centre on the hour at regular intervals. These proposals are subject to agreement by the National Transport Authority.