Since the commencement of works on the Luas Cross City project Dublin Bus has worked closely with the Rail Procurement Agency (RPA), which is responsible for the construction of Luas Cross City, to ensure minimal disruption for Dublin Bus customers and employees. This involves working with them to identify, in detail, all bus routes that will be affected at various times during the construction and to identify the best possible route diversions and termini locations where necessary.
Weekly ‘Traffic Group’ meetings continue to be held with all the organisations involved. The aim of these meetings is to address upcoming works and areas that will be affected while also discussing, and amending if necessary, traffic management drawings.
This process has ensured that we have adequate notice of changes to routes and stops which allows us to communicate these to our customers in a timely fashion. We have an official web page dedicated to informing customers of services on Luas Cross City and new updates are posted on our social media accounts (@dublinbusnews).
The next phase for Dublin Bus will occur from 18th January 2015 when works at the northern end of Dawson Street will result in the closure of access for traffic onto Suffolk Street along Nassau Street.
This will require Dublin Bus to reduce the number of routes serving Dawson Street by diverting some from Dawson Street to Georges Street (14, 15/a/b, 140 and 142). This new alignment will offer customers improved journey times away from the Luas Cross City street closures around the Nassau Street area and will provide for better access to South Great George’s Street and Dame Street.
All routes will also take full advantage of the new contraflow bus lane on Upper Camden Street.
The routes remaining on Dawson Street will be diverted via Westland Row, Pearse Street and Westmoreland Street where they will return to their current route in the northbound direction (7b/d, 11, 25x, 32x, 37, 38/a/b, 39/a, 41x, 46a, 66x, 67x, 84x, 116, 118, 145). No change will take place to these routes in the southbound direction.
A full communications plan will commence from 22nd December to inform our customers of these changes. This will include advertisements in national media, on street leafleting and a news story on our website which will also be posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages (@dublinbusnews).
Dublin Bus will continue to work with Dublin City Council to ensure the best possible alternatives have been provided for our customers in areas where we have had to relocate termini, routes or stops.