NEXT STOP Two new ‘fast’ bus routes launch in Dublin – including 24-hour service connecting Point Village to Blanchardstown
This weekend, DUBLIN Bus and Go-Ahead Ireland debuted two new bus lines in the capital, including 24-hour service.
The two orbital lines, which go live today, will provide “fast and regular” bus service between towns in north Dublin without forcing customers to travel into the city center.
The new routes are an upgrade on the current 17a.
The N6 route will be run by Go-Ahead Ireland, connecting Finglas and Howth Junction through Beaumont Hospital.
In addition, Dublin Bus will operate the N4 service, which connects Blanchardstown Shopping Centre with Point Village through Finglas and Dublin City University, 24 hours a day.
On weekdays and Saturdays, there is a 10-minute frequency on both the N4 and N6, with lower frequencies on Sundays.
“Today’s launch represents another achievement for the ambitious BusConnects initiative,” stated Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan TD. These new services will improve connectivity in the city’s north.
“They will provide a more convenient, accessible, and environmentally friendly means for people to move from Howth to Blanchardstown and into the city center’s Point and North Quays.
“This latest phase of the new network provides communities in these areas not just with increased frequency, but also a night service offering commuters 24-hour bus connections.
“This will enable more commuters to rely on public transport for all their needs and further reduce the need for cars on our roads.”
In Finglas village, an interchange bus stop has been erected to let customers travel between the N4 and N6.
And the TFI 90-minute fare ensures that there are no additional charges for transferring from one to the other.
The 90-minute cost was recently decreased by 20% to €2 by the end of the year. Students and young adults can travel for €1.
“Today is a really great day for Dublin Bus and our clients,” said Ray Coyne, CEO of Dublin Bus.
“With the opening of the new N4 highway, citizens in the west and north Dublin will have 24-hour direct access to the docklands and vital portions of the city’s economic core.”