A journey undertaken on route 26 on the 10th April 2014.
The Lucan Corridor is one of the busiest in Dublin City for bus routes but one that has been neglected by this website until now. It was decided to make amends by travelling on two of the more infrequent routes that serve the western part of the city: the 25 and the 26.
On Thursday 10th April 2014, I covered the 26. This route runs from Merrion Square to Palmerstown Cemetery via Chapelizod. In a submission document to the NTA in 2013, Dublin Bus discussed a proposal to remove the 26 from the network. At the moment it exists as a sweeper-route for the 66 group as it gets closer to the city, and most of the 26 duties are on the boards of the 66 group. The route only really serves Chapelizod village and turns off the main road (N4) before the M50 at Kennelsfort Road. It terminates at the cememtery at short distance up this road. The route 18 passes by this way. Journey time on the 26 is about 35 minutes and operates at a 30-minute frequency all day. It does not even change in the peak periods.
On the day I travelled on AV 369 of Phibsborough Garage.
Just over a week after the journey on the 26 it was time to sample route 25. The 25 shares the same routing as the 26 as far as Palmerstown. From there the 25 continues on the N4, passing the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre. It turns off at Lucan and is the only bus route from the city that still travels along Main Street in Lucan. It briefly shares roadspace with the 239. As the bus exits the Lucan at the west end of the village, after passing underneath the N4, it enters the housing development at Dodsboro. To turn around at the terminus the bus has to travel down a small back-lane, and is one of the more unique terminus I have visited so far on my travels.
On the day I travelled on AV 355 on Conyngham Road Garage.