New orbital bus routes will be “transformative” for west Dublin

— W4 route links Dublin 15 to Liffey Valley and Tallaght for the first time with city buses.

Three new orbital bus routes connecting areas of west Dublin and Kildare will be “transformative” according to the Dublin Commuter Coalition, a group that advocates for better sustainable transport.

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The W4, W61 and W62 were about a year delayed from their original expected launch due to driver shortages. The bus routes are part of the BusConnect routing network redesign and will be run by Go-Ahead Ireland.

The W4 serves The Square, Tallaght, Grange Castle Business Park, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, and Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. This is route also due to stop at the Kishogue Railway Station which is in the process of being refurbished and due to open in November.

While the other two routes, W61 (serving Hazelhatch Station, Celbridge Main St, Salesian College, Maynooth Station, Maynooth Community College) and W62 (serving Newcastle, Saggart, Greenogue Industrial Estate, Citywest Road, and The Square, Tallaght) are planned to be combined in the future.

The W orbital bus routes started running yesterday and are due to run, on average, every 15-30 minutes on weekdays and every 30-60 minutes on both Saturday and Sunday. 

The routes will allow users to connect to other Dublin city bus services, Luas and Short Hop Irish Rail journeys using the Leap Card TFI 90 Minute Fare — this cost €2.00 for adults, €1.00 for students and youths, and €0.65 for children for any combination of eligible bus, tram and rail trips within 90 minutes.

Feljin Jose, the chairperson of the Dublin Commuter Coalition, said: “The new W4 orbital bus route is going to be transformative for a lot of people. It will finally connect Blanchardstown, Liffey Valley, Lucan, Citywest and Tallaght together and will enable people to move around our western suburbs without going to the city centre and back out.”

He added: “For too long, our bus network was focused on suburb to city centre routes. We saw what a success the N4 and N6 orbital routes were last year and we’re hoping that the remaining orbitals can be implemented as soon as possible.”

More information on the W orbital bus routes can be found at transportforireland.ie.

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