BusConnects must not be used as backdoor to axe services – Troy

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Robert Troy TD has warned that the BusConnects project must not be used by the Government as a way of reducing bus services in communities across Dublin

Deputy Troy made the comments ahead of a Fianna Fáil Private Members Business motion on the issue which is due to be debated in the Dáil this afternoon.

Deputy Troy said, “Everyone recognises the need to reconfigure bus services in Dublin to ensure the needs of communities are met. BusConnects is a radical plan which will totally transform the bus network in the capital. Many of the proposals contained in the plan are positive, such as the simplification of the fares structure and the introduction of orbital routes. However, serious concerns have been raised regarding other aspects of the plan.

“Fianna Fáil is particularly concerned about the proposal to reduce the frequency and connectivity of certain key routes. In some cases entire routes are being axed completely leaving communities without a reliable direct access service to the city centre. This is completely unacceptable and needs to be addressed following the consultation process.

“Fianna Fáil representatives have held a number of public meetings across the city on this issue. Significant concerns have been raised surrounding the plan to axe several important direct routes between Dublin’s suburbs and the city centre. There has been confusion around the consultation process with many people unaware that the process was even underway. This is unfortunate and highlights the need for any final plan to be put to communities for approval.

“The NTA have indicated that there is room to improve the BusConnects plan following the consultation process. It’s important that the feedback is taken on board, particularly regarding direct access services, and the final plan reflects the needs of local communities.”