Cllr Francis Timmons recently commented on the issues with the bus service in Newcastle “I am calling on Dublin Bus and The NTA to immediately address the issues around the 68 bus, these are constant issues around lateness, unreliability, cancellation and non arrival”. The local Councillor said “I find it hard to believe that if we cannot deliver a poor bus service like the 68 that there will be multiple issues in providing additional services”. Cllr Timmons continued “the 68 bus also serves Peamount Hospital and 30 years ago when I worked there it was the same hourly plus service, this is with the addition of thousands of new homes and families, many report to me they have to drive due to the unreliable nature of the bus’.
Cllr Timmons received the following reply from the NTA Oireachtas Liaison and it stated “Route W6 (Maynooth – Tallaght) – due to infrastructure constraints on the approach to Hazelhatch Bridge, the routes will initially be split into W61 and W62 until the infrastructure issues are resolved. This will commence as routes W61 (Maynooth-Hazelhatch Station) and W62 (Newcastle-Tallaght). It is currently anticipated that the W61 and W62 routes will be launched in late May or early June 2023 subject to operational readiness”.