Dublin Bus’ Network Direct project has introduced more direct, high frequency services with significantly improved connections across the city centre in areas such as Finglas in North West Dublin.
Last November, service changes were implemented in Finglas under the Network Direct project and customers in the area now have improved travel options across the city centre. Route 40 now operates from Finglas Village to Liffey Valley Shopping Centre. The route provides a connection to Dorset Street, Temple Street and the Mater Hospitals, Parnell Square, O’Connell Street, Trinity College, Temple Bar, Dame Street, Christchurch, St. James’s Hospital Kilmainham meaning customers in Finglas have access to amenities throughout the city centre.
Route 40 also operates every 10 minutes during peak times and every 12 minutes during the daytime. The journey time on the route has also been improved. Travelling through the College Green Bus Corridor, Route 40 brings customers from Finglas to James’s Street in just 45 minutes.
To date 80% of the Dublin Bus network has seen changes and improvements with the implementation of Network Direct. The majority of customers on Dublin Bus’ network now travel on high frequency cross city services which enhance the simplicity, comfort, convenience and value for money for customers.
The Network Direct project has also allowed for improved timetable design; making them easier to understand. Routes now have stop-specific departure times at selected locations and all route timetables have been redesigned to reflect this e.g. Route 40d, which operates from Parnell Street to Tyrellstown via Finglas Village, has dedicated departure times on Mellowes Road in Finglas operating towards the route’s termini in both directions. This enables customers to better understand Dublin Bus services and plan their journey.
The introduction of Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI) also allows customers to plan their journey more accurately. Customers can now access real time information for all 5,000 bus stops and shelters in Dublin. Each bus stop in Dublin has a unique stop number which can be used to find out the arrival times of services online at www.dublinbus.ie, via Dublin Bus’ free iPhone and Android apps and text message to 53035. So anyone can find out when their bus is due even if an RTPI screen is not located at the bus stop.