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Dun Laoghaire County Council proposes active travel route along the R112 from Dundrum to Stillorgan

We support South Dublin County Councils Templeville Road Cycle Route and would like to see it extended until the Templeville Road junction with Templeogue village to connect it to the existing network at Springfield Avenue/Dodder river. Provision of bus bays should be facilitated to enable this route to adapt to our proposed bus route below.

It has been proposed by Proinsias Mac Fhlannachadha to extend this route to Kylemore Road for Luas access and terminate at Parkwest for Dart+ access.




It's one of the city's few crucial east-west orbital routes, built long before the M50 and it still has no bus service.

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The Network Redesign proposed as part of the Bus Connects plan will leave residents of Walkinstown/Templeogue with a sub-standard bus service that does not deliver quality public transport for residents. In some areas, the Bus Connects plan will provide an inferior service even to the existing network. We are proposing a new orbital bus route along the R112:

(Long Mile/Walkinstown Avenue --- St Peters Road --- Templeville Road --- Dodder View/Park Road --- Braemor Road --- Dundrum)


Such a route would not only serve to cut vehicular traffic in the area, it would also intersect with several of the Bus Connects spines, which when implemented will allow residents to hop on/off buses paying just one single fare that connects them to various Dublins suburbs and village centres (such as Dundrum, Templeogue etc..) that were previously inaccessible to them by public transport.

    Key Benefits

  • Net reduction of traffic on Templeville Road and surrounding areas (prevents need for future road widening)
  • Improved bus connectivity between suburbs
  • Improved access to local amenities e.g Movies@Dundrum, Templeogue Swimming Pool, Bushy Park, Whitehall Badminton Centre etc...
  • Provide connectivity between new bus network routes utilizing the new 90 minute fare
  • Connect the Red and Green luas lines
  • Reduced traffic could allow for more flexible Bus Gate operation

What is an Orbital?

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What will the bus achieve?

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Existing network sample route

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What we could do

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Templeogue College: One area that will be without a bus service under current proposals

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Our Proposed Solution: Addition of a new S5 route between Walkinstown Avenue and Dundrum.
This would intersect with several city centre routes, providing connecting services to make our public transport more accessible and attractive to a larger number of people therefore reducing congestion.

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See Bus Connects Network Map for Templeogue-Walkinstown

Spotlight: Braemor Road. A section of the route that has already adapted to a sustainable shared roadspace. Tallaght Main Street Providing for public transport now will prevent the need for road widening in the future. Tallaght Main Street

Bus Connects. An S5 orbital would greatly enhance the connectivity of the entire network.

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Explore potential new Bus Stop locations.

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Utilize existing Bus Stops.

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Park and Ride potential locations

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Spawell Roundabout

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Walkinstown Roundabout



Improving childrens access to friends, school and shared community spaces.

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Even when sharing with general traffic, a bus route can significantly reduce congestion and noise, particularly when well connected to other routes as it would be once the revised network plan is implemented as part of Bus Connects. This is because even at just a third of their occupancy and combined with the transition to hybrid and electric vehicles, a bus route will significantly reduce the number of cars from the road, greatly improving air quality and reducing overall noise pollution also.


For those for whom the bus is not an option, for the cost of having to share the road with a bus every 10-15 minutes, there would be significantly less congestion on their route, improving journey times for everyone.


We shouldn't wait for congestion on our suburbs to get worse to improve our suburban public transport for people who cannot or do not want to drive between suburbs. Now is the time to act, the funding is there, we just have to demand it.


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Dublin hydrogen fuel cell bus


---“These buses are just one part of the overall approach, and hydrogen is just one of the technologies that we are looking to in the drive to make public transport more sustainable. Alongside these buses, we are also about to order 45 battery single-deck battery-electric buses for use in urban areas, with another 150 or so to come." --- Anne Graham, CEO of the NTA.




Next Steps

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2. Email it to the Bus Connects team directly at info@busconnects.ie indicating your desire for the proposal to be considered.