Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Mid-West, John Curran has said that demand on Dublin Bus in Lucan and Palmerstown is reaching crisis point for commuters who rely on the service daily.
The Deputy received a commitment this month that Dublin Bus are set to implement new revised and improved schedules for Route 26, 66 and 67 which are due to commence on January 29th 2018.
However, he has called on the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross to introduce urgent measures to alleviate the growing demand on bus services for those living along pressurised routes in west Dublin
He said, “After subsequent representations to Dublin Bus to address the demand on the service in the Lucan and Palmerstown area, I am glad that they have made some effort to better support commuters in the area.
“While Dublin Bus has also recently added some additional trips to the morning peak service on Route 25, I am also hopeful that they will further extend Lucan’s Route 25 which is currently under review.
“I have been calling on Minister Ross for some time to complete a Public Transport Review in order to ensure that services are sustainable and have the capacity to meet the needs of growing populations in areas of Dublin.
“There is no doubt that Lucan is in critical need of additional services to fill the gaps in existing services.
“Local residents have been in touch with me regarding the intolerable situation in Lucan; 25a, 25b, 66 and 67 buses are overcrowded from as early as 6.30am and are not stopping for commuters.
“This is simply not good enough for residents who get up at the crack of dawn to make their way to work but face this chaos on their commute.
“I am conscious that without a long-term plan set out by the Minister, the substantial investment made in our public transport services will be put at risk and will be no longer fit for purpose. The gridlock and commuter chaos will continue on a daily basis” concluded Deputy Curran.