John Curran T.D. is calling on the public to have their views heard and to give careful consideration to the proposed overhaul of the Dublin Bus network through the next phase of the Bus Connects public consultation process which began recently and will run in a phased manner until May 2019. Speaking after the launch of Bus Connects Core Bus Corridor Project recently, Deputy Curran said; “I welcome the fact that the NTA and Dublin Bus are now embarking on the next phase of the process of public consultation and if people have suggestions as to how these plans can be made even better, I am encouraging members of the public to fully engage in the consultation process. The Core Bus Corridor Project involves the implementation of continuous bus lanes along 16 key radial bus corridors around Dublin. It is part of the overall Bus Connects programme to transform Dublin’s bus system. The first stage of the Core Bus Corridor Project is the public consultation process which will take place on a phased basis between now and next May.

Lucan to the City Centre is one of these core routes and is included in Phase 1 of the public consultation process. Phase 1 runs from now until 15th February. The NTA will issue information letters directly to any house or business whose garden or frontage may have to be acquired. These letters have already been sent in the case of the four corridors in Phase 1, including 15 properties in Lucan. “It is important members of the public are given an opportunity to air their concerns during the consultation process. In Lucan in particular the increase in capacity in recent years has lagged behind the increase in demand. It is becoming increasingly common for passengers to be left at bus stops while numerous full buses pass them by. More detailed information on the Core Bus Corridor Project is available on the BusConnects website, www.busconnects.ie

“The NTA are also establishing a community forum for each corridor to facilitate engagement with all parties including individuals, residents associations, community groups, etc. Requests to participate in the community forum should be sent to cbc@busconnects.ie and I am encouraging local Lucan groups to get involved immediately” concluded Deputy Curran.