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Metro must be reinstated to Sandyford and go further towards Wicklow

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The Irish Times reported that the Metro is to be cancelled to Sandyford. At present the Green Luas line is very overcrowded at rush hour, people can’t get on, and the much higher capacity Metro is needed. The new large town of Cherrywood is being built on the Luas and the very overcrowded M50/N11. In future the Luas is planned to be extended to Bray.  The Metro must be extended to Sandyford, as was planned, and further otherwise the existing Luas will be utterly full. The Metro should end in…

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Mitchell pleased with meeting with NTA

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Greystones Councillors met on Monday with the National Transport Authority who are responsible for bus and train services. Cllr Derek Mitchell said ‘I was pleased with a very good and open discussion about the problems of Greystones & Kilcoole District. This was better than letters which I felt were more arrogant and I now feel they were taking our problems seriously. We went through a detailed list of rail and bus improvements which we requested.’ The Interim result of a study of providing more DARTs, every 20 instead of 30…

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Greystones area. The Train & Bus services have recently been reduced causing extra traffic jams. Councillors Proposals to get people back on to Public Transport.

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Short Term Proposals: Trains & DART Ensure all DARTs at peak hour services are increased to 8 cars. Complete Jacobs Engineering study on more DARTs to Greystones and indicate how a 20 minute DART service to Greystones can be introduced. Park an extra DART in Greystones overnight to facilitate the morning rush hour. Run 1 extra diesel service south of Greystones at the peak hour as per Iarnrod Eireann’s Rail Capacity Study 2011 and provide additional off peak shuttle service. Ensure that all peak hour diesels have 8 cars as…

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Greystones Councillors meet Transport providers to demand better Public Transport

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The recent transport changes have produced a slower DART and changes to buses. Councillors have produced a detailed list of short and long term measures to get people back onto Public Transport. On Monday Councillors met Irish Rail, Dublin Bus, T.Ds., and a representative of Shane Ross Minister for Transport and outlined the points. The DART Manager, Chris Rafferty said that all Greystones rush hour DARTs would be at least 6 cars and most 8. There had been some 4 car ones earlier which led to overcrowding. He is also…

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Mitchell says changes needed to Kilcoole & Newcastle 84 bus service

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The new timetable has deleted 3 Northbound services and 1 Southbound leaving 19 and 18. This is a major reduction (15% Northbound) at the same time as a reduction in train service. Naturally more people will use cars on the already overcrowded roads and many new houses are being built. It is also contrary to the future Bus Connects plans for a better service. I have asked the NTA & Dublin Bus to urgently change: a.     Previous 07.20 North which schoolchildren got to Bray and elsewhere. They will now be driven….

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DART timetable mess reducing rail usage from Greystones

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Chief  Executive National Transport Authority. Dear Sir/Madam, DART timetable mess reducing rail usage from Greystones The new timetable has increased the average scheduled journey time at rush hour to 61 mins. from Connolly (15% increase).  Some run late by 5 minutes, have  less carriages and now do not meet the unaltered bus connections from Kilcoole and Delgany. Many people are very frustrated and have transferred from rail to road. An urgent review is needed to get the DART & connections back on track. DART performance. The previous scheduled time from…

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New DART timetable produces worse service to Greystones.

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Following many complaints from Residents I checked the performance of Greystones rush hour DARTs yesterday the 12th September. The morning rush hour services and most evening ones were on time and DARTs were 8 cars long. However the early evening train was only 4 cars and was very delayed. Many Greystones people could not get on and were left behind or had  a very crushed journey. There are no extra Greystones trains and it is essential all rush hour ones are 8 cars. I have written to the Chief Executive of…

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Mitchell plan to provide more Greystones DARTs discussed with NTA

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Cllr Derek Mitchell produced a plan to allow more DART services on the single track to Greystones. The National Transport Authority is interested in implementing this and has asked Jacobs Engineering to check it in detail and see if it is feasible. ‘I met the Investment Director of the NTA and pointed out to him, on the DART, how I think it can be done. The consultant was supposed to be there but his flight was cancelled. However he will be fully briefed by the NTA’ said Cllr Mitchell. ‘I…

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NTA public consultation about Bus Connects changes 7th/13th September

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The NTA will hold public consultation about the Bus Connects changes in Tesco Greystones on 13th September from 2 to 8 pm. Also Tesco Bray on 7th September. Please make your comments to them. Response from NTA to my submission of points from meetings held: Thank you for your email of yesterday setting out the feedback from the various information and consultation meetings that you have held with your colleagues. The suggestions and comments are exactly the kind of feedback we seek, with clear suggestions for consideration.  We will go through them…

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Bus Connects Submission of responses from 3 information meetings held by Cllr Derek Mitchell, Minister Simon Harris and Alice O’Donnell

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Whale Theatre, Greystones 26th July. Attendance 95 Newcastle, 7th August, Attendance 45 Kilcoole, 8th August. Attendance 40 Many points were raised but in general it was felt Bus Connects produces a better bus service for the area. Some points directly relevant to Bus Connects which should be changed: Considerable concern in Kilpeddar/Willow Grove that the bus will not serve. I think that it should still go through, Northbound (201 route), as it only will add about 2 minutes to the journey. Deletion of the 2 84x services outside peak. This…

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