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Route 197

Joined: 7:31 PM - Feb 10, 2010

11:35 PM - Aug 26, 2018 #1

Up on etenders - 
Short description
Operation of a Public Bus Service on Route 197 Swords to Ashbourne
Detailed description
The Authority is seeking a supplier to operate the Public Bus Service on Route 197 Swords to Ashbourne. The bus service is required to operate 17 daily return services on Monday to Saturday and 14 daily return services on Sunday inclusive of public holidays with the exception of Christmas Day. Services will primarily have a one-hour headway, except for the PM peak which will operate at a one hour and fifteen minute headway.

https://irl.eu-supply.com/app/rfq/publi ... PID=134081

Assumption here is that the 41B goes/ is significantly revised.  Bus Connects proposes its removal and this will be a replacement.  
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Joined: 4:36 PM - Sep 19, 2011

11:23 PM - Aug 27, 2018 #2

Why isn’t this included within the Dublin Bus Direct Award contract or the Go-Ahead contract? They are rapidly fragmenting the public transport network by tendering all these random routes (and costing themselves time & resources in the process when they are saying they don’t have enough resources).

Likewise the 139 route should have been included with BE or again GA.
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Joined: 8:27 PM - Jun 05, 2018

11:31 PM - Aug 27, 2018 #3

From what I understand the NTA are being pushed from pillar to post by unions, public operators, private operators, local representatives, central government, local government, councillors, senators and are allowing all of them to push them around in various ways to the point where they're going to end up trying to please everyone and will please nobody. 

From what I have heard, the introduction of the Go-Ahead routes in October, whilst some way off, is approaching way too fast as there are a number of issues to be sorted out and serious questions now need to be asked if the NTA have the resources to deliver this project and there has been flip-flopping of positions and some things which should have been locked down ages ago have not been. 

Regardless of what we all think of the problems at hand and their past, present or future solutions the level of indecisiveness that apparently currently exists is not conclusive to a proper transport system. We should not be at this stage in the day still tying down details which should have either been agreed a long time ago, or were agreed a long time ago and are subject to a u-turn at a late stage on what was decided a long time ago. 
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