Four more bus routes are to switch from Dublin Bus to Go-Ahead Ireland from Sunday December 2nd, in a move that will see improved services, not just on these routes, but in other parts of the network too.
From Sunday, routes 17A, 33A, 33B and 102 will be operated under the ‘Transport for Ireland’ livery by Go-Ahead Ireland, and passengers on these routes will see immediate improvements in frequency and service levels.
In addition, the switchover of routes will free up resources which has allowed the National Transport Authority to approve a programme of service improvements and modifications on Dublin Bus routes in the north county area such as the 16 and the 33 and across the network.
Changes to the 33 which will continue to be run by Dublin Bus, and the 33A, which will be run by Go-Ahead Ireland, will mean that from Sunday, there will be a combined 30-minute frequency all day every day between Skerries, Rush, Lusk and Swords. This represents a substantial improvement on the current service level.
The frequency on Route 33A will be significantly increased and for the first time will connect Skerries, Rush and Lusk directly to Dublin Airport. Further interchange opportunities are available in Swords for onward travel to areas such as Donabate, Portrane and Malahide.
Route 33 will continue south of Swords to provide direct services to destinations along Swords Road and Drumcondra Road to the city centre.
NTA Chief Executive Officer Anne Graham said: “The changes being introduced this coming weekend are part of an overall substantial increase in frequency and service levels on about 50 bus routes in Dublin, operated under the Transport for Ireland brand, by both Dublin Bus and Go-Ahead Ireland.”
“These latest changes are part of the biggest programme of service improvements that the NTA has ever approved and are indicative of the level of commitment we have to making the bus service better for more passengers across the network in Dublin.”
“This represents good news for the customer who from Sunday will begin to benefit from more frequent buses at both peak and off-peak times, as well as at weekends.”
The change in operator on these Public Service Obligation (PSO) routes is as a result of a public tender process undertaken by the National Transport Authority (NTA) in 2017. The competitive tender saw Go-Ahead Ireland being awarded the contract to operate 10% of routes previously operated by Dublin Bus, primarily in the Outer Dublin Metropolitan Area.
Full details of all the service changes are available from the www.transportforireland.ie, www.dublinbus.ie and www.goaheadireland.ie websites.
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CHANGES TO BUS SERVICES, DECEMBER 2ND
Route 17A: Kilbarrack – Beaumount Hospital – Ballymun – Finglas – Blanchardstown
Route 33A: Balbriggan – Skerries – Swords – Dublin Airport
Route 33B: Portrane – Donabate – Swords
Route 102: Sutton – Malahide – Swords – Dublin Airport
NEW Route 40e – Tyrellstown to Broombridge Luas via West Finglas
Route 16 – From Dublin Airport
Route 33 – Swords to city centre
Route 4 – Harristown to Monkstown via Ballymun Road, City Centre and Ballsbridge
Route 83 – Harristown to Kimmage via Glasnevin, Phibsboro and City Centre