2015 Review :
Dublin Bus is proposing a new Airlink route to service the south city area. The route is to operate to and from the Airport via the Port Tunnel, Samuel Beckett Bridge, Macken Street, Westland Row, St. Stephen's Green and Adelaide Road to terminate in the Camden Street/Harcourt Street area near the Camden Court Hotel.
The Minister for Transport has indicated an allocation for Dublin Bus of approximately 100 replacement buses during 2016. This will reduce the average age of vehicles to seven years. In addition, a number of new orbital routes have been earmarked for commencement.
The National Transport Authority (NTA) has informed Dublin Bus that it has been shortlisted in the application process to operate certain city routes opened to tendered operation.
A new Route 25D will commence operation on 27th October. The two morning inbound trips will operate from Adamstown (25B terminus), via Esker Church (25A terminus) directly along the N4 to the City (Merrion Square).
The first of the new batch of SG deliveries will be delivered to Conyngham Road Garage this week, with one temporarily sent to Ringsend Garage for staff familiarisation training. These will be registered as 151-D, with the rest of the batch being allocated 152-D registrations. SG71 (151-D-38684), the first of the new deliveries, entered service on 16 June on Route 13.
A new Dublin Bus route is planned to commence operation, running between the Phoenix Park (Chesterfield Avenue) and Tara Street DART Station. The 7-day service will run from 10.00 to 20.00 hours, with a reduced frequency during Winter months.
SG type-training commences for drivers in Conyngham Road Garage using Harristown's SG46.
DM2, the diesel-electric hybrid on evaluation with Dublin Bus, has ended its tenure at Conyngham Road Garage and been shipped to London.
Conyngham Road Garage will receive the first allocation of this year's new SG deliveries. SG71-85 will be supplemented by existing GTs to convert Routes 13 and 40 to dual-door operation. The SG deliveries will enable some older AVs to be withdrawn. A number of EVs will transfer to Ringsend Garage.
Several AX type buses are due for conversion to tours later this year. The first of these will be AX496, 510, 511 and 512.
All Dublin Bus garages are due an allocation of new SG type buses later in the year. The order of 90 buses (SG 71-160) will be for delivery starting in the summer. Overall, the fleet is expected to expand by approximately 40 buses.