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A journey undertaken on Dublin Bus route 7 on the 7th August 2014.
From the inception of this website one of the key routes to be covered was the 7. Many times I set out to do it and on every occasion something has happened to prevent it. When I did the 123 earlier this year, I had intended to the 7 that day. But suddenly inspiration struck and I had a strong urge to do the Summerhill route instead. However the table's turned in August because I intended to do another Summerhill route but ended up doing the 7 instead. Buses started on the 7 in July 1949 but the route only lasted until 1951. Its derivative the 7A continued on longer. In the 1980s the 7 came back and for many years was the main route to Blackrock and Dun Laoghaire, Network Direct gave the 7 a clockface timetable and was extended in the City Centre to terminate at Mountjoy Square. In 2012 when the new GT class of bus arrived, Donnybrook got the first allocation and the 7 was the first route to go over the GT operation. The route runs from Mountjoy Square to Loughlinstown via Merrion Square, Blackrock, Dun Laoghaire and Sallynoggin. Once an hour a departure is extended to/from Cherrywood Business Park. The 7 and the 4 provide the core routes along the Rock Road QBC, and both operate at 15 minute intervals during the week, providing 8 buses an hour between Blackrock and the CIty Centre. Both routes are operated by the GT class, though the tri-axle VT has been noted on the 7 when there has been a match on in the Aviva Stadium on Lansdowne Road. Short 7s have also been known to operate between the City Centre and Ballsbridge for events on in the RDS. The 7 is one of the main routes in Donnybrook Garage and travels through nice, scenic areas on the southside of the city, with views over Dublin Bay. It is well worth doind. On the day I travelled on GT 10.