Speaking ahead of the roll out of the first phase of the Network Direct Bus plan along the Stillorgan / North Wicklow Bus corridor on Sunday 19th September, Junior Minister for Sustainable Transport Ciarán Cuffe said: “The Network Review must not only be about the reorganisation of routes, the changes must translate into a more reliable service for Dublin Bus users and must attract new commuters out of their cars and onto buses”.
As part of the overhaul, Dublin Bus will change their timetables to even, ‘clock – face’ departure times and will now have stop-specific departure times at selected locations along routes.
“The redesign of the bus network to reflect the changing growth patterns of Dublin City is something the Green Party has been advocating for years. City wide, the blueprint for a simpler, more direct network is there with these reforms. It should be the primary focus Dublin Bus over the coming months to execute these changes in a way that will provide a dependable service for current users and will grow patronage levels across the network.”
When the new network is fully in place, Dublin Bus estimate 60% of customers will be carried on high frequency routes, as opposed to 23% now. 10 new cross-city services will carry 50% of passenger, as opposed to 24% now.
Minister Cuffe noted improvements in reliability were in the pipeline. “Dublin Bus is finishing testing of a system that will give passengers ‘real time’ travel information, enabling them to determine exactly when their bus will arrive at their stop through a text and web based service. In addition Dublin City Council will be erecting 500 electronic display boards across the city that will give real time information for city bus providers. These improvements should be operational early next year”