New fleet and improved bus services for Drogheda

6 August 2019

  • 17 new jobs created for the town
  • 5 new state-of-the-art vehicles
  • 136% frequency increase between Drogheda/Laytown and Bettystown

Bus Éireann in conjunction with the National Transport Authority (NTA) are pleased to announce the introduction of significant service enhancements to services between Drogheda Town and Laytown commencing from Sunday, August 11th 2019.

This enhanced network will be delivered by a fleet of 5 new state-of-the-art buses. All vehicles will be fully wheelchair accessible and feature the Transport for Ireland livery (TFI).

The enhancements will see service frequency more than double between Drogheda and Laytown with two routes D1 and D2 providing a combined 15 minute frequency during the day.

  • The Route D1 will operate between Drogheda and Laytown
  • The Route D2 will operate between Drogheda and Laytown via Golf Links Road

The combined D1 and D2 timetables will provide a high frequency service linking Laytown and Bettystown to Drogheda up to every 15 minutes (Monday to Sunday).

The main service enhancements are as follows:

  • 136% frequency increase between Drogheda/Laytown and Bettystown
  • 15 minute frequency on D1 and D2 combined services
  • Increased hours of operation 7 days a week
  • Early morning service from Drogheda departing at 5.20am (weekdays)
  • Early morning service from Laytown departing at 6.00am (weekdays)
  • Last bus at midnight from Drogheda (weekdays)
  • Route D2 will provide a service every 30 minutes to the Golf Links Road
  • Low floor wheelchair accessible buses
  • Stop specific timetable information will be provided at all stops with timetable displays

Bus Éireann will also be introducing service enhancements to the Route 101 service, which operates from Drogheda-Balbriggan-Airport-city centre from Sunday the 11th of August.

The main service enhancements are as follows:

  • New 4.00am daily departure from Drogheda, ideal for customers getting early flights or working at Dublin Airport/Dublin city centre
  • A service departing Drogheda every 20 minutes from 5.00am-8.00am Monday to Friday
  • Last service from Drogheda is at midnight
  • A service departing Dublin city centre every 20 minutes from 2.45pm until 7.15pm Monday to Friday
  • Increased daily late evening departures from Dublin city centre with services every hour from 8.30pm until 1.30am

Speaking ahead of the improved network and fleet changes, Adrian O’Loughlin, Bus Éireann, Regional Operations Manager said:

“The D1 and D2 and the Route 101 are significant network enhancements, which have been designed to better facilitate customer demand and encourage increased usage of public transport in the Drogheda, Laytown and Bettystown area.”

Anne Graham, Chief Executive Officer of the National Transport Authority said:

“Today’s announcement represents a significant improvement to bus services for commuters in Drogheda and surrounding areas as we look to further expand the Transport for Ireland integrated public transport network.

Through the introduction of a new fleet of fully accessible buses on the D1 and D2 routes, commuters in Drogheda, Laytown and Bettystown will now have a high-quality service that’s more frequent with later services, seven days a week.”

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The enhancements to D1, D2 and Route 101 will be introduced on Sunday the 11th of August 2019 and have been approved by the National Transport Authority.

See more details on the Bus Éireann website here.