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A journey undertaken on the 33B on 25th October 2013.
Being a resident of Balbriggan, the 33 is the Dublin Bus route I most closely associate with. It, the 33A and the 33X are also the routes I come across most frequently on a daily basis, but the 33B and 33D I am less familiar. I did a trip once back in 2010 on the 33D which I hope to include on this page at some point but I have no memory of ever doing a trip on the 33B.
So on Friday 25th October 2013 I made my way to The Pavilions in Swords to pick up Harristown's AX 624 and took a trip out to Portrane. And it is out there that the route's uniqueness is evident. At the centre of the village is a green with roads on three sides. The 33B enters the village and travels along the bottom side of the triangle and loops into the housing estate at Seaview. After serving the one stop there it comes back out and heads up another side of the triangle, up Burrow Road where along this stretch there is a turning circle for it to terminate. On the return journey it heads back to the village green again, loops into Seaview again, before heading along the bottom of the triangle towards Donabate, but then at the end of the green it takes a left and heads up to the front door of St. Ita's Hospital, before returning back down to the main road and onto Donabate and Swords. One gets quite a tour of Portrane on the 33B, and I cannot think of anywhere else in the city that gets quite a comprehensive service, every 30 minutes.