A journey undertaken on the 128 on the 18th December 2010.
A journey undertaken on the 140 on the 9th October 2013.
This page predominantly deals with the 140 but includes the 128 for two main reasons: firstly, on the northside the route was replaced by the 15 which will require a big update when the time comes to doing that route and the 128 details will not fit in there. And secondly, I never managed any pictures of the 128 at the Clongriffin terminus, and only one shot of the 128 at the Rathmines terminus. And when the route was abolished under Network Direct, the portion of the 128 on the Southside was taken over by the 140.
Both routes were part of the expansion of the Dublin Bus network in the mid-2000s, designed to connect new areas of the city built during the Celtic Tiger with the City Centre. The 128 started on the 19th November 2007 and ran from Clongriffin, near Donaghmede, to Palmerston Park in Rathmines. The 140 started on the 10th February 2008 and initially ran from a new housing development on St. Margaret's Road near Finglas to Wilton Terrace, off Leeson Street, before it was extended to IKEA at the northern end in 2009. Both routes were also initially operated by some of the 200 additional buses purchased for network expansion in 2006. Incidentally, most of buses observed in action on the 140 on the 9th October 2013 were still from that batch. However, future plans have the route moving over to the GT class once Harristown receive their further allocation.
I only ever did one trip to the 128's southern terminus and that was a week before Christmas in 2010 and had never done the full 140 route. So in October 2013 it truly was a venture into the unknown for me. As the Palmertson Park terminus is near the student residences for Trinity College, it carries a good load from there to the City Centre. From there it provides a direct and quick route to Finglas, before going on out to the busy store of IKEA.