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A journey undertaken on Dublin Bus route 27B on the 6th June 2014
I first travelled on the 27B about three years ago but it was at night and in the dark so got no real impression of it. Since then the only other time I travelled on it was when I was doing the 17A update for this site and I needed to get to Beaumont Hospital from Santry. On that occasion I was fascinated and bemused by the loop around Castletimon and was determined to revisit the route at a future-point to understand it better.
The 27B has also featured heavily in Network Direct plans from the beginning in 2010 with the idea of it merging with the 79 but by June 2014 that had not happened and the latest rumour then was the 27B was to be changed to run from Coolock Lane to Heuston Station. But at this point, who knows?
On the day I undertook my journey the routing was from Eden Quay to Fairview and the Malahide Road. From there the bus turns onto Ardlea Road and then Kilmore Road before heading to Beaumont Hospital. It loops in and out of the hospital from the north before doing another loop around Castletimon before joing Coolock Lane. It crosses over the M50/M1 and onto the Swords Road at Santry. At the souther perimitter of Dublin Airport it turns onto the Old Airport Road before reaching Harristown Garage.
The route is the primary bus route into Beaumont Hospital from the City Centre. The other two routes that serve that location are the 17A and 104 which are both orbital routes. It is also worth noting the 27B serves Ardlea Road which the 14 actually does not. The latter terminates off Ardlea Road on Mayfield Drive and only briefly uses Ardlea Road. It is also worth noting the 27B is operated by Harristown Garage whereas the 27 and 27A are primarily Clontarf routes (though Ringsend also operates some 27 departures).