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A journey undertaken on routes 25A and 25B on the 13th/14th April 2015
Having covered route 25 in 2014 it seemed only logical to look at its derivatives. The 25A and 25B are vastly different routes to the 25, servinhg an almost completely different Lucan. In fact they share only a small amount of road space with the 25 (Merrion Square - Heuston Station and Palmerstown - Ballyowen N4 Slip Road) and do not go into Lucan Village at all. The 25A developed throughout the 1990s as housing developments expanded in West Dublin. It was initially a small spur off the 25 but in time it was constantly rerouted to serve these new areas of Lucan such as Griffeen Road and Foxborough. It reached the point where it came under the City Swift brand and operated every ten minutes throughout the day, eclipsing the 25. After Network Direct in 2010, the route operates every 30 minutes off-peak but now avoids Chapelizod, using the by-pas instead. At the same time the 25B was introduced and follows the 25A from Merrion Square to Foxborough, giving this core section a 15 minute frequency in the off-peak. Both routes operate every ten minutes inbound in the morning and outbound in the evening. The 25B was designed to replace the 151 to Adamstown and uses Griffeen Avenue to reach the Lock Road and Adamstown. At Foxborough it is possible to interchange between the 25A/B and 151. The changes meant the residents of Adamstown had to reorientate their commute in 2010 having been used to going into Dublin via New Nangor Road and Crumlin with the 151. The introduction of the 25B did give them a direct link to Liffey Valley Shopping Centre so it is a case of swings and roundabouts.
Both routes are operated by Conyngham Road but some peak-time departures are supplemented by buses from Phibsborough Garage. On the 13th April 2015 I travelled on AV 372 on the 25A and on the 14th April 2015 I travelled on AX 575 on the 25B. Both of these are Phibsborough buses.