The recent changes to bus services with the introduction of BusConnects has left some residents in Lucan disconnected. In the Dodsboro/Hillcrest area residents have lost both their direct bus to the city centre and the bus stop at Supervalu. Between 25 and 30 residents joined an outdoor public meeting hosted by People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny on Saturday 27th November. The meeting discussed the changes to the buses and many residents expresses their anger about the removal of the 25 bus and its replacement the X30 which only operates at peak times.
People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny commented: “We made numerous submissions to the BusConnects consultations raising the issue of the removal of the 25 bus. I was very disappointed to see the NTA going ahead with this decision. It leaves many people having to get 2 separate buses to get to the city centre. I’m calling on the NTA to consider increasing the services on the new X30 bus to include some service at off-peak times. I have also asked the NTA to look at reinstating the bus stop at Supervalu which was used by many residents and shoppers.”
Councillor for Palmerstown-Fonthill Madeleine Johansson added: “There are some very good changes in the BusConnects plan, including the new local bus connecting Clondalkin and Lucan village, which also services the Balgaddy area. But, I would call on the NTA to consider taking action to ensure that everyone in the area has a bus service. At the moment the Shackleton/Dodsboro area is completely left out apart from the local buses. I have been told by South Dublin County Council that they are very keen to see buses going down the new Adamstown Boulevard road which is due to open in late January 2022. A bus to the city centre on that road would much improve the situation for residents in Dodsboro, as well as the new residents in Shackleton, Gandon and the Paddocks.”