Ireland Calls to restore bus routes to St Stephen's Green following completion of Luas Cross City works

11:10  04 january  2018
11:10  04 january  2018 Source:   Dublin Live

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A former Lord Mayor of Dublin has called for the urgent restoration of bus routes which were diverted away from Stephen ' s Green for the LUAS construction works . Councillor Mary Freehill says routes 14, 15 and 140 need to be restored as quickly as possible.

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a yellow double decker bus parked on the side of a road © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Calls have been made to restore a number of vital bus services to St Stephen's Green after they were removed to facilitate works on the Luas Cross City line.

Bus numbers 14, 15 and 140, which all travel to areas in Dublin 6, have had to travel along alternative routes since works on the new line began in June 2013.

However, a Dublin councillor is urging the transport company to allow the buses to access the square again, saying the move would benefit both locals and visitors.

Labour councillor Mary Freehill said: "Due to the construction works these buses have been rerouted down through Georges St for the last number of years.

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A former Lord Mayor of Dublin has called for the urgent restoration of bus routes which were diverted away from Stephen ' s Green for the LUAS construction works . Councillor Mary Freehill says routes 14, 15 and 140 need to be restored as quickly as possible.

With Luas Cross City works due to be completed by the end of the year, we look at what to expect over the coming months. On Saturday (17th), two trams will move at slow speeds (5-10kph) between St . Stephen ’ s Green , College Green and O’Connell Street .

"For many people this was a major but presumed temporary inconvenience.

"I recently secured agreement that Dublin City Council would convene a meeting with the National Transport Authority to discuss the restoration of the 14, 15 and 140 bus routes to travel via St Stephens Green."

Councillor Freehill said that it was "unacceptable" that the company was continuing to deprive people travelling from Dublin 6 of public transport to St Stephen's Green.

She claims to have been contacted by a number of people working as far away as Mount Street, as well as older people, who say they are unable to walk from as far away as Georges Street.

Councillor Freehill added: "Restoring the routes would provide more direct access to cultural institutions including the National Museum and Library, the National Gallery and Concert Hall.

"It would also provide a closer direct link to the St. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, and Grafton St area."

Dublin Bus has been contacted for comment.

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