‘I was very concerned that residents in Newcastle, Saggart and Rathcoole were going to have their bus services curtailed. After meeting with Dublin Bus management in February, I was delighted that they reconsidered their initial proposal of running the 68 and 69 buses to the Red Cow only. This could have had a huge impact on commuters who would have to take two buses. As well as the extra expense, there were also concerns that the villages would become isolated from the City Centre’ said Fitzgerald.
As part of Network Direct from Sunday 28th August, a more direct, high frequency, punctual bus service will be introduced to Newcastle and Rathcoole. Route 68 will provide direct connections from Newcastle, Cherrywood, Clondalkin and Inchicore to key business and shopping areas in the southeast of the city. Route 69 will offer improved timetables with an hourly service operating at consistent intervals between journeys.
Minister Fitzgerald was also pleased at other improvements to the 68 and 69 bus services.’ I think it is brilliant that Dublin Bus have given a commitment to putting newer low floor buses on these routes. Accessibility is a major factor for people with a disability trying to use transport services and the knowledge that all buses on these routes are accessible is a real step forward’ stated Fitzgerald.
Minister Fitzgerald concluded by thanking all the residents who objected to Dublin Bus as well as those who signed her online petition. ‘It just goes to show what we can achieve when we all work together’ said Fitzgerald.
The new timetables can be viewed on www.dublinbus.ie