Know Where You Stand on Bus CONNECTS

In recent weeks, I have received many questions and queries about the DRAFT plan published by the National Transport Authority that would greatly change how we access public transport across Dublin.

Therefore, I have put together some information detailing some of the changes contained in the draft plan and how these proposals might impact upon you and our neighbourhood.

It is also important to remember that these proposals are contained in a DRAFT which no doubt will evolve as work continues to improve our public transport network.

Make sure to have your say during this phase of public consultation and as your LOCAL Councillor, I want to hear what you think about these proposals as I engage further on your behalf with the National Transport Authority.

WHAT IS BUSCONNECTS?

BusConnects aims to overhaul the current bus system in Dublin by:

• Building a network of “next generation” bus corridors on the busiest bus routes to make bus journeys faster, predictable and reliable;

• Introducing Bus Rapid Transit; a higher quality of bus system, on three of the busiest corridors;

• Completely redesigning the network of bus routes to provide a more efficient network, connecting more places and carrying more passengers;

• Developing a state-of-the-art ticketing system using credit and debit cards or mobile phones to link with payment accounts and making payment much more convenient;

• Implementing a cashless payment system to vastly speed up passenger boarding times;

• Revamping the fare system to provide a simpler fare structure, allowing seamless movement between different transport services without financial penalty;

• Implementing a new bus livery providing a modern look and feel to the new bus system;

• Rolling out new bus stops with better signage and information and increasing the provision of additional bus shelters;

• Transitioning – starting now – to a new bus fleet using low-emission vehicle technologies.

WHY IS BUSCONNECTS BEING PUT FORWARD?

Redesigning the bus network, it is hoped, will ensure Dubliners have a more reliable bus system that will be more useful to more people, thereby ensuring that more people get to more places, more quickly.

HOW WILL BUSCONNECTS MAKE THE BUS NETWORK BETTER?

• Increase the overall amount of bus services;

• Provide new and frequent orbital services connecting more outer parts of the city altogether;

• Simplify the bus services on key radial corridors into “spines” where all buses will operate under a common letter system and buses will run very frequently and be more evenly spaced;

• Increase the number of routes where buses will come at least every 15 minutes or better all day between 6am and 10pm weekdays.

HOW WILL THESE BUSCONNECTS PROPOSALS WORK?

The new network is made up of several kinds of service that are new to Dublin:

• Spines (Core Bus Corridor): Most buses to the centre would be on spines identified by a letter (A, B, C, D, E, F & G). On these lines, a bus would come every 4 to 8 minutes all day (3 to 6 minutes at peak times). Further out, spines would branch to cover more area, but usually still every 15 minutes or better.

• Orbital lines would run in arcs around the city. These lines would make it easier to go places on the same side of the city without going into the centre.

• Local routes would run within a suburban area and connect to major lines, including LUAS and DART. Many of these are more frequent than what is provided in those areas today.

• Everywhere that frequent lines cross, it would be easy to change buses. LUAS and DART are also part of this frequent grid.

HOW WILL BUSCONNECTS AFFECT BUS FARES?

Under these proposals, the National Transport Authority seeks to simplify fares across bus, LUAS and DART. There will be two LEAP fares:

• A “90 Minute Fare” that covers all bus, DART or LUAS trips started within that 90 minute period;

• A short distance fare paid each trip for short journeys.

Cash fares will continue to be available but will be payable for each trip.

HOW WILL BUSCONNECTS AFFECT LOCAL RESIDENTS?

STONEYBATTER / ARBOUR HILL / MONTPELIER / ARBOUR HILL

• The existing 39, 39A & 70 bus services will be replaced by the B Core Bus Corridor (Spine) that will have a bus frequency of every 6 – 7.5 minutes.

o This B Core Bus Corridor (Spine) will be the main bus link between Blanchardstown and the City Centre.

o Part of the National Transport Authority’s plan in respect of this proposal is to “remove general through traffic on Prussia Street and the Old Cabra Road”. I understand that local “access would still be maintained including” to the Park Shopping Centre but I am seeking assurances on this point.

o There is a potential loss of car-parking spaces, trees and front gardens along the proposed route length.

• The existing 37 bus service will be replaced by the N2 service that will have a bus frequency of every 20 – 25 minutes.

o This N2 route will continue to run between Hueston Station along Blackhorse Avenue and Skreen Road but it is now proposed to continue along Nephin Road to Broombridge LUAS Station onto the Old Finglas Road, Griffith Avenue before terminating at Alfie Byrne Road.

• The existing 46A bus service will be replaced by Line O Inner Orbital which is intended to surround the inner city around the North Circular Road and South Circular Road.

o Services on this route will operate every 8 minutes in the middle of the day.

o Line O would connect to every single service entering or leaving the city centre.

NORTH STRAND / EAST WALL / BALLYBOUGH

• Existing bus services along North Strand Road will be replaced by the D Core Bus Corridor (Spine) that will have a bus frequency of every 6 – 7.5 minutes.

o This D Core Bus Corridor (Spine) will be the main bus link between Clare Hall and Crumlin.

• The existing 130 bus service will be replaced by the 64 route that will have a bus frequency of every 15 minutes.

• A new 60 bus route serving Howth Road and Donaghmede and will operate along the North Strand Road every 15 minutes.

• The existing 53 bus service will be replaced by the N4 bus service that will operate every 10 minutes. This service will operate between Spencer Dock and Blanchardstown Shopping Centre.

o This N4 bus service will serve Spencer Dock, East Road, East Wall Road along Alfie Byrne Road connecting Clontarf Road DART Station before travelling to DCU and Blanchardstown Shopping Centre.

• The existing 151 bus service will be replaced by the 63 bus service that will operate on an hourly basis and will operate between Dublin Port and City West.

o This 63 bus service will connect Dublin Port, through East Wall along East Road, Church Road, St. Mary’s Road, West Road, East Wall Road, North Strand Road and into the City Centre and out to City West.

HOW CAN YOU HAVE YOUR SAY ON BUSCONNECTS?

The proposals contained in the National Transport Authority’s DRAFT plan for the future organisation of how we access our bus services are NOT THE FINAL PLAN! You can make your views known to the National Transport Authority by emailing: consultations@busconnects.ie before Friday, September 28th next. I will be meeting National Transport Authority officials on September 20th so please share with me your views and observations on the proposed changes as well as any questions that you may have.

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Almost €1m funding for digital library services and facilities – McAdam

Fine Gael North Inner City Councillor, Ray McAdam, said €915,843 funding has been secured for digital library services and facilities locally.

This investment will enhance ICT infrastructure, create new meeting spaces with state of the art technology and provide dedicated digital learning suites.

Councillor McAdam said: “The new facilities and services will attract new users of all ages to our public libraries. This funding will transform our public library service in the North Inner City and across Dublin City.

“The funding includes the provision of iPads/tablets/smart devices for users and for staff to assist users; computers and workstations including image deployment technology; software to support design, gaming and coding; Meeting space technology; Podcasting equipment and workstations; “Dementia Tables” which facilitate play and learning for people with mild to severe dementia as well as those with intellectual disabilities, learning difficulties and autism; Mobile LCD screens with audio; Interactive whiteboards and digital training suites.

“All of this shows how progressive our libraries have become. We are to the forefront with new technologies and services for our local communities here in Dublin City, Councillor McAdam said.

The almost €8 million national investment comprises of approximately €6 million from Fine Gael
Minister for Rural & Community Development, Michael Ring’s Department and a further €2 million contribution from Local Authorities.

Minister Ring said: ““I launched the new public library strategy Our Public Libraries 2022– Inspiring, Connecting and Empowering Communities in May. The strategy seeks to establish the library as not only a community hub but also an important enabler of digital services and facilitator of digital skills development. This significant investment is the first step towards realising this aim.”

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North Inner City clubs should register now for Sports Capital Grants – McAdam

Fine Gael North Inner City Councillor, Ray McAdam has confirmed that €40 million is available to develop sports infrastructure around the country, and has encouraged local clubs and sports organisations to prepare for the application process and register online now.

“My Fine Gael colleague, the Minister for Sport Brendan Griffin, has confirmed to me that €40 million is going to be made available to develop sports infrastructure around the country under the Sports Capital Programme in 2018.

“I want to see local clubs and organisations benefit as much as possible from this funding and so I encourage all involved to prepare the necessary paperwork for their applications in advance.

North Inner City clubs and sports organisations looking to apply should register now at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie. Applications can only be made online since last Friday (7th September) until 5pm on Friday 19th October, 2018.”

“The Sports Capital Programme was re-instated by the last Fine Gael government in 2012, after it had been cut by Fianna Fáil in the wake of the economic crash.

“It represents an excellent value for money investment for society.

“It is crucial we invest in sport and the health of our population, particularly with obesity is on the rise. Investing in sport is good for the health of the nation, both literally and economically.

“This scheme has proved very successful in getting much needed funding to our local clubs,” the Fine Gael Councillor said.

Minister of State, Brendan Griffin highlighted the changes to the terms of the new programme. “While the Sports Capital Programme is already hugely popular with sports clubs across so many different sporting disciplines, we are determined to make the application process as simple and user-friendly as possible.

“We undertook a detailed review of the 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme and the recommendations arising have been fully factored in to the new terms and conditions of the 2018 scheme.  In particular, we are introducing some significant changes in our assessment methodology to ensure that we minimise the number of invalid applications.

“We will also give even greater priority to applications from disadvantaged areas and projects that promote the sharing of sports facilities with other clubs and the wider community.”

Welcoming the opening of applications, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton said, “I’m delighted that this year, following an agreement by both my own Department and the Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport, that all schools may now be able to avail of the Sports Capital Grant Scheme as long as they do so in conjunction with a sports club. This is a great opportunity and I encourage all interested schools to apply.”

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Local Property Tax – Public Consultation Phase Budget 2019

In September, Councillors will decide on whether to reduce the Local Property Tax rate for 2019 or leave it as is.

In advance of that decision, Dublin City Council is undertaking a Public Consultation to gauge the views of Dubliners. Under the Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012, as amended by section 5 of the Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2013, the City Council can vary the basic rate of the Local Property Tax within its functional area by a maximum of +/-15%.  This power is available to Local Authorities effective from 2015, the relevant sections of the act came into effect on the 1st of July 2014.

Any decision by a Local Authority to vary the basic rate of tax of the LPT must be taken by the 30th of September each year in order that it can have effect from the 1st of November (the liability date) and therefore determine the LPT liability for taxpayers in that local authority area the following year.

Therefore, you can share your views with me, my Councillor colleagues and Dublin City Council as to whether you think the LPT rate should be cut, increased or left the same for 2019.

The Public Consultation runs from Monday 23rd July to 4.30pm on Wednesday 22nd August 2018.

Your submission can be made in one of three ways:

– By completing an on-line survey at https://consultation.dublincity.ie

– By submitting a PDF version of the survey via email to LPTconsultation@dublincity.ie

– By submitting a hard copy of the survey to

LPT Consultation, C/O Finance Dept, Dublin City Council, Block 1 Floor 8, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

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STONEYBATTER ROAD RE-SURFACING WORKS

Further to my updates earlier this year, I want to advise you that Dublin City Council will be carrying out the re-surfacing of Kirwan Street Cottages and Sitric Road in the coming weeks.

The re-surfacing works are taking place on foot of further I secured this year to continue the rolling programme of road improvements across Stoneybatter since 2015.

These works will result in the temporary closure of streets to enable the re-surfacing works to take place. Prior to their beginning, Dublin City Council or the Contractor selected to complete the re-surfacing, will communicate with households as to temporary parking arrangements for the duration of the works period.

KIRWAN STREET COTTAGES & SITRIC ROAD:
The Roads Maintenance Department of Dublin City Council envisages that the re-surfacing of both streets will take place at the end of August and across the first week of September.

Dublin City Council will finalise the selection of a contractor by early August, after which the relevant Temporary Road Closure orders will be sought.

I hope this information is of assistance to you. However, if you have any questions or queries arising from the details provided, please contact me at raymcadam@gmail.com.

As your LOCAL Stoneybatter Councillor, I work to keep you updated of issues and matters taking place in the area.

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Major investment in sport in the North Inner City over the next decade

Participation in sport and physical activity across the North Inner City is set to vastly increase across all age groups, a Fine Gael Councillor has said.

Fine Gael’s City Council Leader, Ray McAdam said for the next decade, the Government has set ambitious targets, as part of the National Sports Policy 2018 -2027, which will greatly benefit communities across the North Inner City including:

• Sharing of sports facilities between clubs will be prioritised for funding
• Sports Capital Programme to be run annually
• Immediate acceleration of Women in Sports Programme
• Multi-sport, multi-use facilities will also be prioritised
• A commitment to double State investment in sport from €111m in 2018 to €220m in 2027

Councillor McAdam said: “This National Sports Policy will prove to be a roadmap for sports across over the next ten years. It has three high-level goals. These are increased participation in sport and physical activity, more excellence from our high performance athletes and improved capacity of National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) to deliver sport and physical activity programmes.

“One of the main targets for achievement by the State by 2027 is to have overall participation in sport and physical activity to rise from 43% to 50% of the country’s population (an extra 250,000 people).

“In simple terms, this will mean more people, of all ages, taking part in sporting activities across the North Inner City. This can only be good for people in terms of their health (physical and mental) and wellbeing and will boost community spirit across the North inner City. Physical inactivity costs the taxpayers an estimated €1.5bn a year.

“We are very proud of our sporting traditions and successes in the North City Council, with the likes of Kelly Harrington, Pierce O’Leary, Wes Hoolihan representing Ireland at various levels, not to mention being home to Croke Park and Sheriff YC, the most successful junior soccer club in the country. Any bid, supported by the necessary State funds, to achieve future worldwide success at major events for athletes representing their country could result in the next Sonia O’Sullivan, Robert Heffernan, Jonny Sexton or Katie Taylor emerging from one of our communities.

“There is now a drive to match high performance funding with comparator nations like New Zealand and achieve more medals at international events through increased funding.

“In the near future, there will be an immediately acceleration of Women in Sport Programme with a double annual funding provision to €2m. The plan includes that all 65 NGBs, all 29 LSPs and around 12,000 sports clubs nationwide, including all clubs here in the North Inner City will adopt the governance code for community, voluntary and charity (CVC) sector.”

“I’ll be continuing to work with my government colleagues, Ministers Shane Ross and Brendan Griffin, to ensure that the sporting communities of the North Inner City are adequately catered for,” Councillor McAdam said.

Minister Griffin outlined the ambitions of the Government’s National Sports Policy 2018–2027 to significantly improve the sporting landscape in this country: “The benefits of sport and physical activity to our population are clear and sport is a valuable asset to communities across the country.

“The availability of quality sports facilities is key to raising standards and Government investment in recent years at the National Sports Campus and throughout the country is proof of our commitment to sustaining this investment to our sporting infrastructure.”

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NORTH STRAND ROAD RE-SURFACING WORKS

Dublin City Council will be carrying out the re-surfacing of Waterloo Avenue in the coming weeks.

These works will result in the temporary closure of streets to enable the re-surfacing works to take place. Prior to their beginning, Dublin City Council or the Contractor selected to complete the re-surfacing, will communicate with households as to temporary parking arrangements for the duration of the works period.

WATERLOO AVENUE:
The Roads Maintenance Department of Dublin City Council envisages that the re-surfacing of the avenue will take place at the end of August and across the first week of September.

Dublin City Council will finalise the selection of a contractor by early August, after which the relevant Temporary Road Closure orders will be sought.

I hope this information is of assistance to you. However, if you have any questions or queries arising from the details provided, please contact me at raymcadam@gmail.com.

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