Over 7,000 submissions made for Dublin Bus redesign

The NTA say it has seen the biggest ever number of respondents

Over 7,000 submissions made for Dublin Bus redesign

A Dublin Bus on O'Connell Street in Dublin | Image: RollingNews.ie

An online public consultation looking at a review of the bus network in Dublin has generated 7,000 responses to date.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) say it is the biggest ever number of respondents to a consultation.

The process was launched on June 6th, when the NTA published the Dublin Area Bus Network Redesign Choices Report.

The report reviews the patterns of transport demand across the capital, and the structure of the existing bus network.

It identifies certain issues and proposes possible strategies that could address them.

The review is one element of BusConnects, the plan to radically transform public transport in the Dublin region, which was published in May.

Transport planning specialist Jarrett Walker briefing the media on publication of the Choices report of bus services in Dublin | Image: RollingNews.ie

Speaking today at the ‘Transport Ireland 2017 Conference’, NTA chief executive Anne Graham said: "We launched this consultation process a month ago, and with 7,000 respondents, the reaction has been very positive."

"A lot of the work we do involves consulting with the public, but we took a different approach this time around and decided to put an online survey at the centre of the process.

"This made it far easier for people to respond to, and I think that has made the world of a difference in terms of the number of members of the travelling public who actually participated in the consultation.

"Of course, there are always people who are more comfortable filling in a survey on paper and sending it in to us, and we have been more than happy to accommodate them too."

The consultation is due to close on Friday of this week, so people still have an opportunity to fill in the survey.

Ms Graham added: "We will go through the submissions in detail in the weeks ahead.

"The responses to the survey will be used to inform the network redesign process which will produce a detailed Network Review Report that will published later this year.

"That report will itself be open to a further process of public consultation in early 2018 before any recommendations are implemented."