Dublin Bus loses control of 24 bus routes serving suburbs
Private operator Go-Ahead to run bus routes in Dublin suburbs
The National Transport Authority (NTA) announced plans to overhaul the capital’s bus service with a reorganisation of existing routes. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times
Dublin Bus has lost control of 24 bus routes serving suburbs around the city to private operator Go-Ahead.
The company, one of the largest bus operators in London, will begin services in Dublin from November 2018.
The results of a tendering competition for ten per cent of Dublin Bus routes were announced by the National Transport Authority (NTA) on Thursday. The routes are all serving outer suburbs of the greater Dublin area and none go into the city centre.
Among the routes in question are:
17 Rialto to Blackrock
17a Blanchardstown Centre to Kilbarrack
18 Palmerstown(Old Lucan Road)to Sandymount
33a Swords to Balbriggan
33b Swords to Portrane
45a Dún Laoghaire (Rail Station)to Ballywaltrim
59 Dún Laoghaire to Mackintosh Park
63 Dún Laoghaire to Kilternan
75 The Square Tallaght to Dún Laoghaire
76 Chapelizod to Tallaght (The Square)
Earlier this year the National Transport Authority announced plans to overhaul the capital’s bus service with a reorganisation of existing routes; the implementation of a cashless payment system; simplification of the fare structure, to allow movement between different transport services without financial penalty; as well as the segregation of buses from general traffic on the busiest routes to and around the city.