Commuting times for public transport users to improve but motorists fear the introduction of a new bus lane.
One bus carries as many people as sixty cars and experts recommend Quality Bus Corridors (QBCs). A new QBC between Foxrock and Saint Stephen's Green is due to become fully operational, but the stretch concerning motorists is in Donnybrook.
Chairman of the Dublin Transportation Office Conor McCarthy acknowledges the difficulties posed by this particular part of the route.
It’s an old road and we’re not going to knock down houses to make it wider so to give the bus priority we have to reduce the number of lanes which are available to cars as one in each direction.
The number of right hand turns along the route are also being reduced to keep the traffic moving. Initially, there will be difficulties while people get used to the new system. Superintendent Liam Collins of the Garda Traffic Division says for the first fortnight his members will be present to educate drivers.
After that those that won’t be educated, we will actually prosecute.
Conor Faughnan of AA Roadwatch foresees a nightmare for motorists squeezed into a single lane through Donnybrook and expects there will be a tailback as far as University College Dublin or even as far as Mount Merrion.
Motorists that cannot get the bus due to the lack of park and ride facilities will see an extra 30 minutes added to their morning commute.
This is not a solution for Dublin.
The real test of the new initiative will come when children return to school in September and the volume of traffic traditionally rises by some 25%.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 18 August 1999. The reporter is Róisín Duffy.