Local Fianna Fáil TD, Jack Chambers has held two of four public meetings that he is hosting across Dublin West to highlight the adverse impact that the BusConnects plan for Dublin Bus will have on the area.

Earlier this week, Deputy Chambers hosted a meeting in Clonee and Castleknock. Later this evening he will be in Blanchardstown. His final public meeting will take place in Tyrrelstown next Monday night.

He said, “This is a radical plan that looks likely to have an adverse impact on the provision of Dublin Bus services across Dublin West.

“Our local population is expanding and in fact the 2016 Census revealed that three of the fastest growing areas were in Dublin 15. We already are poorly served by the rail network and have therefore relied heavily on Dublin Bus.

“There have been a number of large scale developments in the past decade and more are currently underway which means there will be even greater demand in the coming months and years.

“Under the BusConnects plan, if introduced, there will be an overall reduction in both frequency and connectivity. In particular, there will be a loss of connectivity from Dublin 15 to the city centre, the Southside of the capital and also Dunboyne.

“The popular number 37 number bus will no longer serve the south side of the city while there will be far fewer direct routes meaning passengers and commuters will need to take one bus to Blanchardstown and hop on another to reach their destination.

“These changes will dramatically change people’s daily travel via public transport and make going to and from work, college, school, hospital etc. all the more stressful.

He concluded, “I will be making a submission for each area of Dublin West and I urge anyone with concerns to share them with the NTA by September 28th.”