Latest News for Bus Operators
Temporary Closure (6 weeks) of left turn from Westmoreland St. to Fleet St. from Monday 06/02/2017
To facilitate works required for the Luas Cross City main infrastructure contract on Westmoreland Street at its junction with Fleet Street, it will be necessary to change traffic movements in the area.
For a period of 6 weeks from Monday 6th February 2017, the left turn from Westmoreland Street to Fleet Street will be closed. To facilitate access to the Fleet Street Car Park, Townsend Street and other local access to Fleet Street the following diversions will be in place:
Access to Fleet Street Car Park and Local Access to Fleet Street from Westmoreland Street
1. On Westmoreland Street traffic should continue straight ahead staying in the left hand lane
2. Turn left at the next set of traffic lights, onto Aston Quay
3. Continue straight ahead on Aston Quay, staying in the left hand lane
4. Take second left onto Aston Place
Access to Fleet Street Car Park from Bachelors Walk:
i. On Bachelors Walk traffic should take a right turn onto O’Connell Bridge
ii. Continue straight onto D’Olier Street
iii. Move to right lane and after junction with Fleet Street take right turn onto College Street
iv. Turn right onto Westmoreland Street
v. Follow points 1 – 4 above
Traffic Diversion Signs will be in place for the duration of the works.
Please note Left Turn from Westmoreland Street to Fleet Street will be open before St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
O’Connell Street Road Closure & Diversion Notice – this Sunday, 27 November 2016
Dublin City Council have advised the Authority of the following:
O’Connell Street will be closed this Sunday, 27th November 2016, from 13:00 until 20:00 to facilitate the O’Connell Street Christmas Lighting Ceremony by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr.
The following traffic management plan will be in place:
- Southbound Buses and taxis on Parnell Square East & Cavendish Row wishing to travel on D’Olier Street will be diverted via Parnell Street, Cumberland Street, Marlborough Street, Rosie Hackett Bridge and Burgh Quay.
- Traffic on Cathal Brugha Street wishing to travel on D’Olier Street will be diverted via Seán MacDermott Street Upper, Gardiner Street Lower, Beresford Place, Memorial Road, Memorial Bridge, Georges Quay and Burgh Quay.
- Northbound traffic on O’Connell Bridge wishing to access Parnell Street will be diverted via Eden Quay, Beresford Place and Gardiner Street Lower.
- Pedestrian and local access will be maintained.
Full details of the event and associated closures are available at:
The Authority has published Guidance on Bus Stop Locations in Rural Areas
The Authority has published Version 1 of the Guidance on Bus Stop Locations in Rural Areas. This guidance is available to download here.
Traffic arrangement for Semple Stadium, Thurles on Saturday the 13th August 2016
An Garda Síochána have released the following regarding the triple header in Semple Stadium this weekend, which includes the Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Semi Final replay between Kilkenny and Waterford.
The All Ireland Semi Final Replay will take place in Semple Stadium, Thurles on Saturday the 13th August 2016 involving the following:
Kilkenny v Waterford- 6.45pm
Superintendent Pat Murphy, Thurles Garda Station stated:
“I want to appeal to all patrons attending these matches to be patient and allow sufficient time for their journey and to be guided by Gardaí on Traffic Duty. I especially want to make the following appeal to all patrons attending the game – if you must park on the road ensure your car is turned for home, this is to ensure the minimum of delay after the matches“.
N.B. PLEASE USE ALTERNATIVE ROUTES SUGGESTED HEREUNDER AND ALLOW EXTRA TIME FOR YOUR JOURNEY AS A LARGE CROWD IS EXPECTED.
- New double yellow lines are in place around Kennedy Park to allow for access for Emergency Vehicles. Please ensure you obey these parking restrictions and do not park on same.
- Match traffic is not permitted to park on footpaths in the vicinity of Semple Stadium. Parking tickets will be issued to vehicles parked on footpaths.
- Car parks will be available on all approach routes and we urge that they be used by all patrons on their particular route thus avoiding unnecessary delays after the match.
- Arrive in Thurles in good time for the matches.
- Co-operate with the car park attendants and Gardaí to ensure the free flow of traffic.
- The area in the immediate vicinity of Semple Stadium will be kept completely free of parked vehicles and controlled by Garda Barriers.
- The housing estates at the rear of Semple Stadium form an EMERGENCY ROUTE from the Stadium and any vehicles not belonging to residents will be towed, without exception.
- Please do not abandon cars on the main routes. Keep driving until you meet Gardaí on duty at relevant car parks. If you must park on the road ensure your car is turned for home, this is to ensure the minimum of delay after the matches.
- A traffic diversion programme will be in place within Thurles and all motorists are asked to be patient during its operation. Every effort will be made to ensure that motorists can transgress the town with a minimum of delay.
Waterford supporters have an option on the following main routes:
- From Waterford travel the N10 to Kilkenny and the R693 via Freshford to Urlingford and the M8 to Junction 5 at the Twomileborris exit and the N75 to Thurles.
- From Waterford travel the N24 to Carrick On Suir, Kilsheelan and into Clonmel, onto the R688 to Clerihan, Rosegreen and onto Cashel. Take the M8 to exit 6 Horse and Jockey and the N62 to Thurles.
- From Waterford travel the N24 to Carrick on Suir and then the N76/R690 to Mullinahone, Ballynonty, Littleton and Thurles.
Kilkenny Supporters will have an option on the following main routes:
- Travel the R693 via Freshford to Urlingford and the M8 to Junction 5 (Two Mile Borris exit) and the N75 to Two Mile Borris and Thurles.
- Patrons in possession of passes (G.A.A. and Invalid) should display same in a prominent place on their vehicle and follow the Garda directions en route. These passes are not parking permits but allow free movement subject to Garda discretion and traffic control.
- Thurles Gardaí do not issue passes.
Illegally Parked Vehicles:
Vehicles found illegally parked will be towed away to the Garda Compound and will not be released until the statutory expenses (€ 125.00) have been paid. In addition a prosecution could be instituted against the driver / owner of the vehicle concerned.
The Gardaí appeal to all motorists to:
- Secure and lock their vehicles.
- Leave no valuables on display.
- Park in supervised car parks.
- Pick Pockets – beware of your wallet, money and A.T.M/Credit Cards. Leave your wallet at home if possible. Do not carry large sums of cash.
- Alcohol, Claxton Air Horns and Vuvuzelas will not be allowed into Semple Stadium.
We appeal to all concerned to make this outing a memorable day for the right reasons and to co-operate with Gardai, Stewards and encourage others to do the same.
IRONMAN 70.3 Dublin Sunday 14th August 2016: Road Closures
IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlon is coming to Dublin on Sunday 14th August 2016. For the second year in a row, over 2,000 athletes will be tackling the iconic Dublin route. The event incorporates a 1.2 mile swim, followed by a 56 mile bike ride and then a 13.1 mile half-marathon all as one race. The swim takes place in Scotsman’s Bay (Dún Laoghaire), before athletes mount their bikes to travel up the coast and through the centre of the city and then looping out west of the city and returning to Phoenix Park for the run and finish.
In order to host an event of this scale, there will be road closures in place along the bike course as it travels from Dún Laoghaire, north along Dublin Bay and turning onto the North Quays as it heads towards Phoenix Park for a circuit west of the city via Lucan, Maynooth, Kilcock, Dunboyne, and back into the Phoenix Park.
ANY QUERY IN RELATION TO THE FOLLOWING SHOULD BE SENT TO THE EVENT ORGANISERS AT: firstname.lastname@example.org. ALTERNATIVELY THERE IS A HELPLINE NUMBER (01-5313311) TO ADVISE ALL MOTORISTS OF ACCESS ROUTES.
ROAD ACCESS RESTRICTIONS SUNDAY 14th AUGUST 2016
For full details on the road closures please read below or click here
For the road closure map produced by An Garda Síochána please click here
To download information, including maps, about South City road closures Resident Leaflet South
To download information, including maps, about West City road closures Resident Leaflet West
To download information, including maps, about City Centre road closures Resident Leaflet City
The official IRONMAN 70.3 Dublin 2016 race route can be viewed here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12334466?privacy_code=nJVBrUYLljisC2B3
Pedestrian movement remains unrestricted and therefore, pedestrians may access and cross the bike course whenever it is safe to do so and under the guidance of event stewards when appropriate. However, the following restrictions apply to all vehicles, excluding emergency vehicles. The detailed information below will allow you to plan your route on race day and avoid any unnecessary delays.
DUBLIN CITY 07.00AM – 10.15AM
During this time there will be no Vehicle access across the Liffey in Dublin City Centre.
Please use the M50 as the alternative route for crossing the city during this time.
THERE ARE NO RESTRICTIONS AT ANY TIME TO ANY OF THE EMERGENCY SERVICES
DUN LAOGHAIRE 04.00 – 10.00
- There will be full access to Dun Laoghaire town centre but no access to the Harbour from 06.30 until 10.00.
- The swim starts from Sandycove and all surrounding roads will be closed from 04.00 until approximately 10.00.
- The Transition from swim to bike takes place at Newtonsmith Park on Marine Parade and therefore, Marine Parade, Newtownsmith, Windsor Terrace, Queens Road, Crofton Road, Old Dunleary Road, Longford Terrace and Seapoint Avenue will all be closed to traffic between 06.00 – 10.00.
- Access to Monkstown and Dun Laoghaire would be from Newtown Park Avenue, Monkstown Road and York Road. Georges Street, Summerhill Road and Glasthule are unaffected.
BLACKROCK 06.30 – 09.30
The bike course travels along Seapoint Avenue onto Frascati Road heading north to Rock Road and crossing the Dart line at Merrion Gates before continuing along Strand Road. Between 06.30 and 09.30 there will be no vehicle access into Blackrock – the bottom of Craysfort Road and Mount Merrion Avenue will be shut.
BOOTERSTOWN 07.00 – 10.00
- The bottom of Booterstown Avenue will be closed till 10.00.
- Pedestrian access to the Dart Station will be maintained throughout.
- There will be no access onto Rock Road from St. Helens Road, Trimleton Ave, Bellevue Avenue & Heskin Court.
- Access to Booterstown, Monkstown & Dun Laoghaire from Merrion Road will be via Nutley Lane / Stillorgan Road.
SANDYMOUNT 07.00 – 10.00
There will be no access on to Strand Road and Beach Road between 07.00am and 10.00am.
IRISHTOWN 07.00 – 10.15
The bike course takes a right off Beach Road onto Sean Moore Road and takes the left exit at the roundabout towards the East Link Bridge.
- There will be no access on to Sean Moore Road between 07.00 and 10:15.
- The East Link Bridge will also be closed to traffic between 07.00 and 10.15.
- Traffic travelling to the North side of Dublin City between 07.00 and 10:15 will need to do so via the M50.
RINGSEND 07.00 – 10.15
The course continues over the East Link Bridge and along North Wall Quay and stays on the North Quays all the way up to Parkgate Street. Traffic exiting the Port Tunnel will not be able to access the East Link Bridge or the North Quays until after 10.15.
Bray Air Show (July 23-24 2016) – Private Coach Parking Arrangements
An Garda Síochána have advised the Authority of the coach parking arrangements for the Bray Air Show (23-24 July 2016) as follows:
Designated parking is available for private coaches in Presentation College, Putland Road, Bray.
- Take N11 Junction 7 (Bray South) and follow signposts for Greystones to the end of the Southern Cross and then turn left for Bray.
- Putland Road is the second turn on the right at the church and Presentation College is located on the right hand side some 200 metres further on.
- A special bus lane will be in operation on most of the Southern Cross, Bray.
The complete traffic arrangements are available on the Garda website:
Please contact the Garda Station in Bray directly if you have any queries in relation to any of the information above. They can be contacted at:
An Garda Síochána
Croke Park Bruce Springsteen Concerts: Transport for Ireland Information Map & Garda Concert Management Arrangements.
The National Transport Authority has collaborated with the concert organiser, the venue, An Garda Síochána and Dublin City Council to promote public transport and support the transport provision to and from the concerts. Please click here for the Transport for Ireland public transport information map and see below for the Garda concert management arrangements for the Bruce Springsteen concerts in Croke Park on Friday 27th and Sunday 29th of May 2016.
Authorised Officers of the Authority will be monitoring bus services to and from the concerts at various city centre locations.
If you are operating a licensed service, as per your licence conditions, you must have a copy of your Licence available for inspection on all vehicles used in the operation of the public bus passenger service to which it relates – this includes sub-contractors of your Licence.
The copy of the Licence carried on board must be:
- complete – all pages of the Licence must be on board, the cover page is not sufficient; and
- valid – the expiry date must not have passed & the concert must be listed as a Licensed Event. Please ensure that your drivers know where this copy is located on board the vehicle to facilitate faster inspection.
It is an offence to operate an unlicensed public bus passenger service; any offence is liable, upon conviction, to a fine of up to €5,000.
Concert Dates/ Times:
Friday 27th May 2016 Concert Details:
Stiles Opening 17:00hrs
Concert Start Time 19:00hrs
Expected Attendance 82,000
Sunday 29th May 2016 Concert Details:
Stiles Opening 17:00hrs
Concert Start Time 19:00hrs
Expected Attendance 82,000
Garda Concert Management Arrangements for Croke Park
Re: Bruce Springsteen in Concert at Croke Park Stadium.
Friday 27th May 2016 and Sunday 29th May 2016.
There is one designated coach parking area being provided for these concerts. It is located at Alfie Byrne Road, East Wall, Dublin 1.
The two designated routes for travelling to and from Alfie Byrne Road are:
- M50 and via the Port Tunnel.
- M11 via East Link Bridge.
Coach drivers are requested to travel directly to the coach parking area where concert patrons can then disembark and park or return to collect passengers after the concert finishes.
There is a second coach parking at Western Way and access is by way of Constitution Hill. Drivers using this facility are also requested to comply with the above requirements.
Coach drivers should note that MOUNTJOY SQUARE IS CLOSED for the entire concert and coach parking or drop off / pick up will not be permitted in that area.
In addition coaches will not be permitted to drop off / pick up passengers on any of the arterial routes around Croke Park Stadium. This will be strictly enforced by the Garda Traffic Corps.
Vehicle Access Routes :
All patrons attending the concerts by vehicle are advised to allow time for traffic delays.
Patrons who have tickets for the Hogan and Davin Stands should approach from the west and north side of the stadium by using the M50 motorway to Navan Road, Finglas Road and Drumcondra Road.
Patrons who have tickets for the Cusack Stand and Pitch should approach from the east and south side of the stadium by using the Port Tunnel and East Link Bridge. Dublin Port Tunnel will be open to all vehicles.
On street parking is very limited due to Croke Park being situated in residential area. Patrons should be aware that illegally parked vehicles cause traffic disruption, and obstruction to movement of emergency vehicles.
There will be strict enforcement of all illegal parking in the area by Gardaí and Dublin City Parking Services and such vehicles will be impounded or clamped and will be liable to a substantial fine.
Garda Cordon :
As with all concerts at Croke Park, a Garda Cordon will be in effect on the streets that lead to Croke Park. Only accredited vehicles will be permitted to pass by this cordon. All vehicles will be checked for accreditation.
All patrons entering the Garda cordon will be the subject of a ticket check by Stewards and search by Gardaí. Persons not in possession of a concert ticket will not be permitted through the Garda cordon. Any articles that may cause harm or discomfort to other patrons will be seized. Patrons are advised not to bring any unnecessary baggage with them and are advised to travel early to the stadium to avoid any unnecessary delays.
Local residents, their immediate families, local business community are in possession of passes and will be facilitated at the barriers. Passes however do not guarantee entry through the cordon where pedestrian volumes exist.
As a guideline the full Garda cordon will be in place two hours prior to stiles opening time and two hours post concert to enable concert patrons to arrive and depart safely.
It is also necessary to temporarily extend the Garda cordon at the end of the event in order to allow the safe exit of concert patrons. This extended cordon will be in place for approximately one hour after the concerts end.
The extended cordon will result in the closure of Lower Drumcondra Road from Whitworth Road to Botanic Avenue.
The extended cordon will result in the closure of Ballybough Road from Poplar Row to North Circular Road.
Marlay Park Concerts & Longitude 2016
Following the success of the public transport provision to the Marlay Park Concerts and Longitude in 2015, the Authority has once more collaborated with An Garda Síochána, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the event organisers, Festival Republic, to provide a unified transport plan for the concerts, and to advertise these transport services.
Please read the following carefully, as it includes information essential to making a valid application for a Licence for these concerts, including gate opening times and use of the Coach Park.
Although the traffic management plan has yet to be finalised, Festival Republic and An Garda Síochána have advised the following:
- There will be one Coach Park provided on the day of each event.
- All services must use the Coach Park only. No services will be permitted to use public lands around the Park as a parking/ stopping locations as these raise public order risks, such as traffic and crowd management.
- All vehicles should remain parked onsite for the duration of the event, however if it is essential that you leave, you must ensure you return to the coach park by 21:30 at the latest.
- If you wish to operate a shuttle service, please contact Festival Republic: email@example.com as soon as possible to discuss your proposal.
- Please see also Appendix 1, the terms and conditions of access to College Road Coach Park. Festival Republic have also clarified the Coach Park opening times and gate times as shown in the table below – coaches will not be permitted to enter the Coach Park until opening time listed below, nor will passengers be permitted to disembark at any other point, unless previously agreed with An Garda Síochána and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
|Date||Event||Coach Park Opening Time:||Event Gate Opening time:|
|08 July 2016||Kodaline/ Walking on Cars||14:30||16:30|
|09 July 2016||The Stone Roses||15:30||17:30|
|15 July 2016||Longitude||12:30||13:30|
|16 July 2016||Longitude||12:30||13:30|
|17 July 2016||Longitude||12:30||13:30|
Please ensure that all services arrive after the Coach Park opening times to avoid traffic and crowd control problems. The Authority will not offer/ licence any services whose timetables contravene the above timings unless the application is accompanied by an approval in writing directly from Festival Republic.
This year the Authority will again develop an integrated map of all licensed, LUAS and Dublin Bus services and will advertise this on the Transport for Ireland website. The map and information on travel arrangements will also be disseminated by Festival Republic via the concert website and other avenues e.g. TicketMaster mail shot and social media. All licensed services will also be advertised in the Journey Planner. Please note that the inclusion of a licensed service on the map and other printed information is dependent upon the licence being issued approximately six weeks before the event, to allow for the compilation, printing and dissemination time of the map and information materials, so if you wish to be included in these initiatives please apply for your licence as soon as possible and no later than 02 May 2016. Under the Public Bus Passenger Services Guidelines, the indicative timescale for a complete application for an Event/Venue licence is one week for an offer or refusal to issue to the applicant. As you know, once the Authority issues an offer, the applicant has to seek stop permissions from relevant local authorities/ land-owners for all the proposed stops along the route and supply other documentation. This is to ensure that the proposed service can operate safely. The Authority is aware that obtaining stop permissions from the relevant authorities can take some time. Consequently, the Authority strongly encourages you to apply for your Event/ Venue licence at your earliest opportunity.
As was the case last year, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has delegated authority to approve stop permissions for Coach Park for the events in Marlay Park to Festival Republic. These can be obtained by emailing a scan of the complete NTA Offer letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Authority will be issuing a separate bulletin with instructions on how to make a complete and valid application for an Event/ Venue licence, and how to add events, shortly. Please pay particular attention to the requirement to provide the maximum number of vehicles that will utilise each stop on your application timetable, as these are essential to the safe provision of the service and utilisation of stops along the whole route. Applications which do not include this information will be returned as incomplete.
Bus Operators Terms and Conditions – College Road Coach Park
Marlay Park Concerts 2016 and Longitude 2016
The following terms and conditions of access to College Road Coach Park
- Please use Junction 13 (SB) and Junction 13 (NB) on the M50 to access the College Road Coach Park.
- Please follow the instructions of all Garda, Event Security and Transport Staff on your journey to, and while parked in, the Coach Park.
- The gate time for concert on the 8th is 16:30hrs, on the 9th is 17:30hrs and 13:30hrs each day for Longitude.
- Bus stop approval is only for parking of buses, coaches and minibuses in the Coach Park for the duration of the concert.
- Unlike previous concerts, buses, coaches and minibuses will not be permitted to park or drop off / pick up on the side of the road in the area surrounding Marlay Park. Vehicles that park in the local area may be liable to be towed away and the operator could be faced with further Garda sanctions.
- It is the policy of An Garda Síochána and MCD Productions that no bus, coach or minibus company permit patrons bearing alcohol or those who are intoxicated to board vehicles to this event. Alcohol consumption on these vehicles is illegal and a fine system to the driver and coach operator will be in place.
- No intoxicated patrons or those bearing alcohol will be permitted to disembark from coaches, buses or minibuses to the event area. To this end we would appreciate if this message could be communicated to all customers travelling via your concert coach, bus or minibus service.
8. An Garda Síochána and MCD Productions are asking all operators bringing buses, coaches or minibuses to enforce the MCD Productions and Garda drinks policy on the coaches.
The Authority has been informed by the EU Commission that old format Journey Forms will no longer be accepted in other Member States.
If you received your Journey Form book after 01 January 2016, the Authority is in the process of sending the new books to you free of charge, provided that your International RTOL is still valid. Please return any of the old format books to the Authority.
If you have received a book of Journey Forms from the Authority between 01 October 2015 and 31 December 2015, please:
1. Return any unused books, and a copy of your International Operators Licence, to the Authority.
2. If your postal address is different from that on your Licence, please include a cover note with the address you wish the books to be sent to.
3. The Authority will then replace the Journey Form books free of charge.
We have been notified by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport that Section 16 of the Road Traffic Act 2002 will be commenced with effect from 01 February 2013.
Section 16 transfers the responsibilities for the location of bus stops from An Garda Síochána to the Local Authorities.
As a result, from 01 February 2013 the National Transport Authority will only accept stop approvals on a public road from the relevant Local Authority.
Any existing stop approvals already in place from An Garda Síochána will remain effective.