NTA: Claims that Bus Connects will leave estates without bus services are inaccurate

Latest: The National Transport Authority has said that claims made by a Dublin councillor that some estates will lose their bus altogether due to the Bus Connects plan is inaccurate.

Independent councillor for Ballymun, Noeleen Reilly, said that areas such as Tolka Estate "are losing their bus service altogether" under the proposed plan.

A spokesperson from the NTA said: "Both of those estates mentioned will still be served by buses.

"It is the case that some - but not all - residents in those estates will have to walk further to get the bus, but that is not the same as saying that people are 'losing their bus altogether.

"In addition, the buses that they are walking to are far more frequent than the current services, some of which only come once an hour.

"So there is a lot more to it than the Councillor would suggest."

Councillor Noeleen Reilly

Earlier: 'Lot of anger and concern' over Bus Connects plan as app showing changes launches tomorrow

An interactive map showing how Dubliners will be affected by the redesign of the bus network is available online.

The interactive map will help users to explore the proposed bus network redesign.

Some of the changes include scrapping route numbers in favour of 'spines' which splinter off at various points.

Independent councillor for Ballymun, Noeleen Reilly, says that is a huge cause of concern.

She said: "We are seeing a significant increase in the number of buses people are going to have to get to a destination that they are only getting one bus to now.

"That's causing a lot of concern and anger. There are other areas like Tolka Estate that are losing their bus service altogether and we've a huge amount of senior citizens living in those areas."

*This article has been updated to clarify that the new route information is available as an interactive map and not as an app

 

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