Dublin Bus wants to amalgamate services and proposes that the 68 & 69 bus routes will integrate with bus services at Clondalkin village or the Red Cow Luas Station.
The plan will result in Rathcoole/Newcastle no longer having a direct bus service to city centre.
Bus routes 68 & 69 will now terminate at the Red Cow Luas Station.
- Route 68
This route is to be a feeder route running to Red Cow Luas only.
- Route 69
Also will be feeder route ending at Red Cow Luas.
Dublin Bus will give passengers a choice to be dropped of at Clondalkin village and get another bus to city. Or stay on until Red Cow Station and use Luas connection to bring them to city, or change on to the new 13 route running to Ballymun. Dublin Bus says this is a new improved bus service.
How will this proposal effect passenger in Rathcoole/Newcastle?
- They will lose a direct service to city centre. Passenger will have to exit their journeys a quarter of way down.
- A broken service will result in longer waiting times.
- Route 51c in Clondalkin is to be scrapped thus leaving Rathcoole passenger reliant on fewer services.
- Fuller buses will also result in longer waiting periods.
- Elderly and disabled people will have additional walking to get another service
- Previous amalgamation of bus services has resulted in less buses, and buses running late as they are more likely to run into trouble.
Fewer buses on the road is not a better service!