At this stage, I have made a number of representations to Dublin Bus regarding the company’s new schedule and the change to the 46A and other routes.

I am very aware of the frustration of residents of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown with Dublin Bus and I agree that there has been a marked and regrettable lack of real public consultation on these changes.

I feel very strongly that the Council should not tolerate these changes, particularly when so much money has been spent to accommodate Dublin Bus. To that end, I tabled a motion at the Council on the 10th of May last (see below), requiring Council management to use all means at their disposal to ensure that there is no diminution in the bus service, and I have raised this issue in the Council at every possible opportunity since.

Officials from Dublin Bus are coming to meet with Dún Laoghaire Area Councillors at the Area Committee meeting on Monday evening and I will voice residents’ concerns at that meeting.

Please let me know if there is a specific issue you wish to raise, or if you would like to attend in person – the meeting is scheduled to take place at 5pm sharp in County Hall, Dún Laoghaire.

Motion of Councillor Barry Ward passed by Council on10th May 2010:

Public Transport Service

It was proposed by Councillor Barry Ward and seconded by Councillor J. Bailey:

“That the Council use all means at its disposal, including limiting the use of bus lanes, to negotiate a service with Bus Átha Cliath and other public transport service providers, that provides users with a quality service that delivers meaningful, sensible and complete routes, and frequent, affordable and dependable services.”

The following report of the Manager, copy of which had been circulated to the Members, was CONSIDERED:

“The Transportation Department is continuing with the programme of provision of quality bus networks in conjunction with the QBN Project Office of Dublin City Council, and with funding from the National Transportation Authority. The Council’s Traffic Section has ongoing communications and discussions with Bus Átha Cliath about routes and services in the County.

The Council does not have the authority or ability to negotiate with public transport service providers about services provided. The National Transportation Authority has recently been assigned the responsibility for licensing of bus operators for public transport purposes, and any negotiations or discussions on levels of service provision should be handled by the N.T.A.”

A discussion took place during which Mr. T. McHugh, Director of Transportation and Mr. O. Keegan, County Manager responded to Members queries.

Following discussion Councillor Ward amended his motion as follows:

It was proposed by Councillor Barry Ward and seconded by Councillor J. Bailey:

“That the Council use all means at its disposal to negotiate a service with Bus Átha Cliath and other public transport service providers, that provides users with a quality service that delivers meaningful, sensible and complete routes, and frequent, affordable and dependable services.”

The amended motion was AGREED.

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