Dublin Bus announces innovations for the city's transport service aimed at getting people to leave the car at home.

New technology is at the centre of a redesign of the bus network in Dublin to encourage commuters to use public transport.

This is the shape of things to come. A bus which electronically triggers traffic lights to turn green at its approach.

The first of the quality bus corridors will go into operation next month on routes from Blanchardstown to the city centre. Along the routes, bus priority traffic management will make taking the bus more reliable.

Bob Montgomery, managing director at Dublin Bus, says that the objective is to make bus travel more attractive than travelling by private car. Dublin Bus is confident this can be achieved through the provision of a high frequency service on routes where there there are sizeable flows of people. The plan is to remove traffic bottle necks along the route.

We're aiming to provide a bus every seven minutes.

When a bus approaches a set of traffic lights, a signal is triggered and the bus will go straight through.

In total, there are ten proposed corridors of which the Blanchardstown route is the first to go into operation.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 29 March 1993. The reporter is Denis Barnett.