From Sunday 26th November, there will be some changes for bus routes in Ballinteer through the Bus Connects programme. I live in Ballinteer myself so I’ve been looking at all the changes and how they might affect me and my family.
I’ve tried to give a guide to the changes below and I hope you find the information helpful. Please reach out to me directly if you have any questions or feedback. (Update: I have shared some early feedback with the NTA already and received a response, which you can read here).
Background to Bus Connects
The bus network in Dublin evolved bit by bit since last century with not much joined-up thinking behind it. The NTA ran a number of consultations between 2017 and 2019 which resulted in the new Dublin bus network being released in September 2020. Many politicians have tried to influence the routes but the decisions on the routes have been made by the professional Transport Planners in the NTA.
Since 2021, they’ve been rolling this new network out in phases. The next is Phase 5b, which is launching on the 26th November. Public representatives and the public were officially made aware of this phase on Friday afternoon the 10th November with this announcement.
One thing that’s relatively new is the 90 minute Leap card fare. This means that you just pay once if you’ve to transfer to a different bus/Luas/DART within 90 minutes of the start of your journey. This was brought in by Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan along with half price fares for young adults and full-time students. You can buy a Leap card here.
Changes for Ballinteer
These are the changes for Ballinteer:
|Staying the same
|Routes being removed
|Route S8 (every 20 mins)
|Route 75 (every 30 mins)
|Route 74 (every 30 min)
|Route 175 (every 20-30 mins)
|Route L25 (every 15 minutes)
The S8 will run every 20 minutes. It will follow the same route as the 175 from Citywest to the corner of Grange Road and Ballinteer Avenue but it will keep going straight along Brehon Field Road. It will use the M50 Green route to get to Sandyford Business District, then go down Leopardstown Road, down Newtownpark Avenue and into Monkstown and Dún Laoghaire.
The 74 will run every 30 minutes. It will go from Eden Quay to Kimmage, Rathfarnham and then run along Grange Road, Brehon Field Road and then down to Dundrum via Wyckham Way. The main benefit I see it having for Ballinteer is it will be a new way of getting to the Luas for people who don’t live that close to the 14.
The L25 will go from Dundrum Luas, up by Airfield, St Benildus College, Stillorgan village, Monkstown, Dún Laoghaire. It will run every 15 minutes and you can connect to it from Ballinteer via either the new 74 or the 14.
There are other routes changing around South Dublin too, but these are the buses that go through Ballinteer. Some of the other buses may be useful to you as well. e.g. the S6 that will go through Dundrum to UCD. The best way to check how your specific journeys will best be done by public transport after the changes on 26th November are:
- Install TFI Live for Android or TFI Live for iPhone on your phone.
- Use the TFI Plan A Journey tool on the web.
For some common destinations that people commute to from Ballinteer, I’ve put together a Ballinteer-specific guide for each of them below. I hope you find it useful to compare current routes to the new routes.
Are there other trips you take from/to Ballinteer that you’d like help with? Or have some questions about the above? Please contact me, I’m more than happy to help.
I have been in contact with the NTA to seek better and clearer communications for a smoother transition to these new routes. They are delivering a leaflet to homes and businesses along all the new routes. I requested the leaflet so that I could put it here for you to download.
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