What is Swords20

Express Buses spend 23 minutes or more getting from the Port Tunnel to Custom House Quay. Proper prioritisation measures would allow this journey to be completed in four. A one way journey to or from the Airport should be completed in 15 minutes while Swords can be reached in 20. The quicker journey times means that the same number of buses can increase their frequency.

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Routes to benefit

Swords, Rivervalley, Boroimhe, Holywell, Seatown, Malahide, Portmarnock, Rush, Lusk, Skerries and Balbriggan as well as the Airport to use the Docklands Luas line to reduce average commutes by up to 30 minutes each day.

Capacity

Depending on the type of bus between 82 and 118 passengers can be carried. At an average of 100 passengers per bus and a five minute headway on two routes approximately 2,400 passengers per hour can be carried in each direction.

Metro North

Current predictions are that the MN service will be operational in 2027. This service is not designed to replace MN but to provide an emergency interim solution to commuters.

The planned Bus Rapid Tranist route to Swords is on ice until the route of the Metro North is determined.

Extensions

One of the goals of this proposal is to facilitate a 20 minute journey time between Swords and the City Centre. Currently available routes make it difficult to meet round trip times serving Applewood, Brackenstown and Swords Manor. Facilitating the connection between Castlegrange Green and Broadmeadow Road and connecting onto Rathbeale Road would reduce journey times.

Swords20 Route

Busaras

Busaras marks the beginning of the route.

Connolly

At the Amiens Street / Georges Dock Junction is where guided buses will enter the restricted route.

Point

Several options exist for bus traffic to pass the Point Luas stop and continue onto the reserved right of way onto East Wall Road.

East-Wall-Road

East Wall Road

At the intersection with East Wall Road a new signalised junction will be required to allow the right turn for city bound guided buses.

Swords and Rivervalley

Swords and Rivervalley

The routes around this are reasonably self explanatory. Prioritisation must be considered at all signalised junctions.

Dublin Airport

Congestion at the roundabout immediately outside the Airport can be significant as can the tailback on the R132/Swords Road.

30 minutes of your life back each day

Why do Express Buses spend 23 minutes or more getting from the Port Tunnel to Custom House Quay when proper prioritisation measures would allow this journey to be completed in four? A one way journey to or from the Airport should be completed in 15 minutes while Swords should be reached in 20.

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Latest News

News about Swords20 and the likely future of transport from Swords to Dublin City Centre

29 Apr

Traffic congestion costs €350 per year and will rise to €1bn in 2033

Article in the Irish Times today about the economic cost of traffic congestion. But there is always a social cost of this to families and to children. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/time-lost-in-dublin-traffic-costs-economy-350m-per-year-1.3066581

25 Apr

Competition: New Metro North, Dublin

The Architects Journal reports that Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) is recruiting an architect for a new £2 billion tram line in north Dublin. Value of the contract €500,000 https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/competitions/competition-new-metro-north-dublin/10019157.article The original tender is here http://ted.europa.eu/udl?uri=TED:NOTICE:140224-2017:TEXT:EN:HTML&src=0 Description of the procurement: The Scheme Concept Architect will be expected to work within strict …

05 Apr

Metro North …2027

Metro North not scheduled to be operational till 2027. Swords BRT iced until MN route determined.

Prioritisation

Express Buses from North County Dublin pretty much fly along the Port Tunnel and their exits from the Motorway. There are three junctions where prioritisation in required in the City Centre and about eight junctions that would need prioritisation measures within Fingal.

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