Motorists are relieved that a week long test to put a bus lane in Fairview has come to an end.
To help speed up Dublin's traffic, an experimental bus lane for city bound traffic is in operation from Fairview to Seville Place from 1-5 March 1971, between the hours of 8:30 am and 9:30 am. The scheme gives buses coming from the north side of the city almost exclusive use of the inner traffic lane around Fairview.
Because the road capacity for private vehicles is restricted, motorists using the route are are being encouraged to use public transport. Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) is providing extra buses and trains at reduced fares. On the last day of the bus lane experiment CIÉ says it carried 25% more passengers by bus and rail, 16,000 compared to 13,000 normally.
However the Automobile Association (AA) is delighted the experiment is over as motorists found driving conditions difficult. One man driving to the North Wall found the bus lane added 10-15 minutes to his commute. There is no direct bus route for him to take, so public transport is inconvenient. He does not feel he should have to take public transport as he pays road tax.
Another man is not pleased with the presence of the bus lane,
I don't approve of it at all I think it’s a terrible hold up.
If the bus lane becomes a permanent fixture another man believes traffic build up will get worse. He will not use public transport because he needs his car in town.
Another driver considers the principle of a bus lane is good, but rather than removing a lane from the already overburdened road system, an additional lane is required.
The Dublin Traffic Committee will be examining the results of the experiment. The results also will be used as a basis for future traffic policy.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 5 March 1971. The reporter is Eddie Barrett.