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NTA Launch Latest Public Consultation On Bus Connects Plans

The majority of front gardens under threat from BusConnects are still at risk despite a revision of the plan.

The controversial €2 billion plan has been redesigned again, following a record 50,000 public submissions.

However the NTA has vowed not to cut down as many trees in historic parts of the city, as was initially planned.

The new plan was drawn up after thousands of submissions from people, with almost half concerned they'd lose their bus service and a quarter worried they'd have to get off one bus and onto another.

The majority of trees along Baggot Street, Pembroke Road and St. Mobhi road - many of which have ribbons tied around them in protest of BusConnects - are to be spared under the revised plan.

But the National Transport Authority was unable to reduce the risk to the majority of homeowners whose front garden may be reduced in size to accommodate the overhaul of the network.

Instead of widening roads - which is the reason properties and trees were under threat - they'll use other measures such as 'signal controlled priority'.

Under the plans, more 'bus gates' like the one at Trinity College will be brought in as well as more one way systems for private cars.

8 high frequency routes would serve Dublin City Centre, with a spine serving Howth and the north-east city, while 10 orbital routes would reduce the need for people to go into the city centre.

The NTA says it will increase bus services in Dublin by 22%.

Areas that'll have direct routes to the city centre include Donaghmede, Tyrellstown, Sallynoggin and Enniskerry.

While Dunboyne, Mulhuddart, Lucan, Blessington, Greystones would get a rush hour service.


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