Elected representatives in Lucan and Clondalkin have welcomed the new W4, W61 and W62 bus routes which started operating on the 25th June. People Before Profit TD for Dublin Midwest Gino Kenny particularly welcomed the new W4 bus which will take passengers from Tallaght via Grange Castle, Lucan and Liffey Valley to Blanchardstown.
The W61 will run from Maynooth to Hazelhatch and the W62 will run from Newcastle to Tallaght. It was originally envisioned that W6 would run from Maynooth all the way to Tallaght, however the road between Hazelhatch and Newcastle is too narrow according to the NTA.
Gino Kenny TD commented: “I’ve had a lot of people contact me about getting a bus service from Lucan to Blanchardstown. Many people attend the hospital in Blanchardstown and with the new W4 route it means that they can get the bus to and from the hospital. “The W4 also gives workers in Grange Castle more public transport options to commute to work. “My only concern is that there are still problems with reliability on existing bus routes. I’m constantly hearing about buses not turning up or people not being able to get on because the bus is full. This needs to be addressed urgently so that the bus services are reliable.”
Cllr Madeleine Johansson said: “I attended a briefing by the NTA and GoAhead about the new routes and it’s very positive that there are more options for people in the area. But there are still gaps in the bus network. For example, there is still no bus from Bawnogue to Liffey Valley despite residents calling for this for many years.”