Dublin Bus have announced that two Dublin buses are becoming 24 hour routes from December 1st.
The 15, which runs through the City Centre from Ballycullen Road in Knocklyon to Clongriffin and the 41, which runs from the City Centre to Swords, and services Dublin Airport along the way.
These buses will run every 30 minutes between midnight and 5am. There will be no additional fares and leap card and cash fares will remain the same.
The changes were announced by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on his Twitter. It was a welcome change by many but there are still criticisms being made about how long this plan has taken to come into fruition despite the years of lobbying for a 24 hour service.
The routes that were chosen were due to the areas they were servicing such as the city centre and the airport. It will also cut costs for companies who pay for taxis for their staff to get to and from work.
Anne Graham, the CEO of the National Transport Authority said that “The airport has become busier and busier, in recent years, and is itself a major employer. There is a clear demand for more transport options to the airport, not just for their passengers, but for the thousands of people whose jobs require them to be at work early in the morning or late into the night.”
Ryanair worker, Katie Connolly Howlett, who can now use the 41 said that the new hours will financially benefit her “I finish after 1am which means I no longer have to spend ten to fifteen euro on taxi home which saves me a huge amount every month”.
Students will benefit too. Sarah Stanley, a student from IADT says that her long evening commutes are often spent in taxis home if she misses the last bus at 11.30pm. “It makes my way home about six times cheaper”.
The introduction of these 24 hour routes however will result in the removal of the Nitelink services of the 15n and the 41n. The routes 33n and 49n are being changed to facilitate people who are affected by this service ending. These changes will also be made on December 1st.
These changes are a positive aspect in the overall negatively received plan by the NTA to overhaul the current Dublin Bus plan which involves parts of the city losing garden space to make room for a new bus “corridor”.
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