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Written Answers. - Public Transport.

Tuesday, 26 November 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 1

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 401. Mr. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan  asked the Minister for Transport Information on Seamus Brennan Zoom on Seamus Brennan  if the extension of city bus services to the growing towns and villages throughout north Kildare who do not currently have such services, will be implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23770/02]

Minister for Transport (Mr. Brennan): Information on Seamus Brennan Zoom on Seamus Brennan Dublin Bus serves the Kildare towns of Maynooth, Kilcock, Leixlip and Celbridge. Over the past few years, additional resources have been allocated to the routes 66, 66A, 66B, 66X, 67, 67A and 67X, which serve these towns, to take advantage of the [294] bus priority measures on the Lucan quality bus corridor, QBC.

Dublin Bus plans to further increase the service to all four towns to exploit the advantages of the proposed Lucan QBC extension to the Spa Hotel with both all day and peak time Xpress schedules adding capacity and frequency to these routes.

Commuters from the north Kildare area are also benefiting from the enhanced services provided by Bus Éireann, with an increase in scheduled departures. For example, on the Edenderry-Clane-Dublin route, the number of departures has increased from six in 1999 to 20 today. There is also a 200% increase in departures on the Mullingar-Kilcock-Dublin route. High capacity commuter coaches are serving all these routes together with the Naas-Newbridge route.

Question No. 402 answered with Question No. 120.

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