Major proposed changes to Dublin Bus routes revealed

How the proposed new-look College Green would look from above
How the proposed new-look College Green would look from above

A proposed new traffic plan published by Dublin City Council today would mean some big changes for cross city public transport users.

The College Green Traffic Management Measures document was published today and the public have until May 24 to tell the council what they think.

The plan builds on the long-held wish by the council to make College Green a pedestrian space and help the upcoming cross-city Luas line to run smoothly.

To do this, many Dublin Bus routes that currently use those spaces will have to change and plans to alter 30 of them were published today.

Essentially, both sides of College Green will be separated, with some buses going north to south around Trinity College, Nassau Street and Dawson Street.

Others will take a variety of other routes, covering many of the most popular buses in the city. Many buses coming from O'Connell Street in this plan would turn onto the south quays and Parliament Street (now a two-way street for buses) before taking a variety of routes further south.

Some would utilise a turnabout space on Dame Street. 

Here is a graphic that shows how some routes would be changed.

These changes will also require many new bus stops, and here are the proposed alterations.

The full proposal also includes details on dedicated cycle lanes, where taxi ranks would go in this plan and how private cars could reach existing city centre car parks.

The entire proposal can be read here.