A revised plan to reorganise Dublin's bus network will increase bus services in the capital by 22%, according to the National Transport Authority.

The new plan was drawn up after the NTA received a record 50,000 submissions from a public consultation with residents in many areas complaining about a loss of direct bus services to the city centre.

The plan to redesign Dublin bus services as part of the BusConnects programme was announced last July by US-based public transport consultant Jarrett Walker.

It involved seven super frequency spine routes lettered A to G, with buses every five to seven minutes.

For instance, Route A would connect Swords on the north side to Terenure on the south side with branches connecting other suburban areas.

There would be 11 connecting orbital routes, including the O route around the city centre along the Royal and Grand Canals, as well as local routes.

The NTA said the plan would make more buses available and increase accessibility and frequency.

However, residents in areas such as Dunboyne and Lusk objected as they would have had to change buses to travel to the city centre.

NTA Deputy CEO Hugh Cregan said the basic concept of the plan with a concentration on spine and orbital routes remained, but areas have been added to direct services by increasing the number of branches.


View the map of the revised bus network


A new super-frequency spine - the H route - will be added along the Howth Road to Sutton with branches to Howth, Portmarnock and Malahide.

Branches will be added to other spines to Edenmore, Donaghmede, Shanowen, Tyrellstown, Sallynoggin and Enniskerry.

Areas that were going to lose direct bus services to the city will now get a morning and evening rush hour service. These include Dunboyne, Mulhuddart, Lucan, Blessington, Greystones and the Skerries route, which also services Rush and Lusk.

However, bus passengers outside peak times will have to change buses to get to the city centre.

Concerns were raised about the impact on the elderly and disabled who may have had to walk further to a bus stop or lose local connections.

This was highlighted in areas including Crumlin, Wadelai and Beaumont where the new proposals aim to replicate the old routes.

There were also concerns in many areas around access to shopping areas, hospitals, schools and universities. Under the revised plan, DCU will now have six bus services within walking distance.

There will be more low frequency services to the city centre taking an indirect route such as the new 15 bus, which will go from Tallaght every 20 minutes to Mountjoy Square, via Crumlin and Rathmines.

The NTA said 95% of areas will now have direct bus services without the need to interchange.

A route "mapper" app is available on the BusConnects website, which will show how the new plan will work and 29 local area booklets will be delivered to householders in the Dublin area within three weeks.

There will be a second round of public consultation on the revised plan, but the NTA hopes to start rolling out the changes from 2021 to 2023.