Swords councillors agreed unanimously this week to advocate for a new bus route to extend from Swords to Blachardstown.
Following a motion from Cllr Ian Carey, the area committee of the council will this week write to the NTA to open discussions of a bus route connecting Blanchardstown and Swords.
The two major population centres in Fingal are currently without a public transport connection. The council area committee is suggesting an extension of the 197 bus route to include Blanchardstown IT, the National Aquatic Centre, Connolly Hospital and the Blanchardstown Centre.
Cllr Ian Carey said:
“When it comes to public transport routes, connecting Swords to Blanchardstown should be a no brainer. So many people in Swords shop or work in the Blanchardstown Centre, use Connolly Hospital, and visit the National Aquatic Centre.
“Right now if you wanted to do those journeys by public transport it would take between 1hr30 to to 2hrs. This means people really have no option but to use their cars.
“This is a good time to propose this to the NTA as they are currently expanding services in many areas. I think this route would benefit many people in Swords and Blanchardstown alike.”