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Belfield says bye-bye to Number 10 bus

Dublin Bus have announced proposals to scrap the iconic number 10 bus service into UCD from July.

The traditional city centre route into the Belfield campus is to be amalgamated into Dublin Bus’s flagship 46a southside service as part of its ongoing Network Direct project, intending at rationalising the citywide bus service.

The cut has been revealed as part of Phase One of the project, encompassing massive bus reforms in the Blanchardstown, Lucan and Stillorgan suburbs. The changes are projected to take effect in mid-July.

The 39a route, which currently ends at Hawkins St in the city centre, will be extended and will incorporate the 10’s route, travelling along Baggot St Upper and Waterloo Road before adjoining the dual carriageway before Donnybrook and terminating at the current 10 terminus beside the Engineering Car Park.

Northbound, the 46a route will extend into the Phoenix Park to incorporate the route currently taken by the 10, terminating at the North Circular Road.

In other reforms to the southside area, the 145 route – which currently terminates at Mountjoy Square – will now extend to Heuston Station, offering a direct bus between campus and the country’s largest train station for the first time. The 47, meanwhile, will continue beyond the Donnybrook Garage on its northbound route and will terminate at Merrion Square, to accommodate substantial curtailment of the 63 and 84 routes which now terminate at Kilternan and Cherrywood respectively.

To allow for the rationalisation of routes, the reforms plan to guarantee a regular service on key routes at all times of the day. Dublin Bus’s reforms project that the 46a will run every eight minutes at all times of the day, at both peak and off-peak times.

The newly reformed 145 route between Kilmacanogue and Heuston Station will run every ten minutes.

Dublin Bus area manager Gareth Quinn has assured UCD students that the campus will “still be well served with a high frequency service to town”.

A full PDF of the reformed routes can be downloaded here.