Frustrations in Dublin West as BusConnects route delayed over width of road

Published date20 September 2022
Publication titleDublinLive (Ireland)
The route will link Maynooth with Hazelhatch, Rathcoole, Newcastle, Saggart and Tallaght, providing a direct way for Maynooth University students living in west Dublin to travel to college. However, the roll-out of the route has been delayed due to the road at the Hazelhatch canal bridge not being wide enough for buses to pass each other

Works are being planned by the National Transport Authority and South Dublin County Council to widen the road but it is estimated this won't be completed until at least 2024. In the meantime, the NTA is planning on splitting the route into two, the W61 and W62.

These are planned to be rolled out in the first half of 2023. The W61 will operate between the Moyglare area of Maynooth and Hazelhatch station, while the W62 will run between Newcastle and Tallaght.

Dublin Mid West TD Emer Higgins said she is "extremely disappointed" about the delay. "This means that the route will initially not directly link Newcastle with Hazelhatch and thus not provide a direct route from Tallaght to Maynooth which is really disappointing," she said.

"The NTA has been promoting the W6 as a way for young people from Rathcoole, Saggart and Newcastle to get to college in Maynooth and many students and their parents have been in touch enquiring about when the route is due to start as they will be relying on it to get to college, but unfortunately now the planned delivery date has been pushed out once again.

"My understanding is that the road width at the canal bridge needs to be widened before the W6 can operate as one fully connected route. I called this out as a potential hurdle four years ago but the NTA seem to be only realising that it's a challenge now.

"The NTA have informed me that they will work with South Dublin County Council to carry out the appropriate road widening works to facilitate a safe two-way operation, but it will take a significant time to plan and deliver those works so in the meantime, they want to deliver some of the benefits quicker than would be the case if they were to wait for the full through services to begin operation."

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