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Around Edenmore...Route 27A

Posted by csalem83 on July 30, 2015 at 10:05 AM

A journey undertaken on Dublin Bus route 27A on the 28th July 2015.


It has taken a while, but finally a Clontarf route has been covered for 2015. It turns out though that it was well worth the wait as the 27A is possibly the most fascinating route that I have covered for the website so far.


The current 27A began in September 2011 as part of Network Direct and was mostly a like for like replacement for the 42B. The current routing starts in Eden Quay and works its way out to Artane through North Strand, Fairview and the Malahide Road. At the Artane Roundabout the 27A turns off and heads east along Gracepark Road. The 27B also turns off at this roundabout but heads west along Ardlea Road on its way to Harristown. After Gracepark Road the 27A travels along McAuley Road alongside the park. It then turns onto McAuley Drive and reaches the second McAuley Park! Here the outbound 27A serves two sides of this square while the inbound 27A serves the other sides. However, the outbound has a bus stop on each side it serves while the inbound only has one bus stop, on one side of the square. After travelling along Ribh Road the bus joins Harmonstown Road, near Harmonstown DART Station, and crosses the Santry River as it heads for Edenmore. After briefly joining Springdale Road it turns off to serve Edenmore Green, Grove and Park before rejoining Springdale Road. The route then heads for Tonlegee Road via Tonlegee Avenue. Outbound between Springdale Road and Tonlegee Avenue the 27A uses Glenfarne Road and Tonlegee Drive. Inbound it uses Glenwood Road. After briefly travelling Tonlegee Road (where it meets the 17A) the 27A turns onto Millbrook Road before reaching the terminus on Blunden Drive. It is a route with many twists and turns that serves many residential roads. It can be quite interesting to see double-deck buses making their way down these roads.


I had never travelled on the 27A prior to this trip and have no memory of ever travelling on the 42B, or the other routes that have contributed to the genealogy of the 27A: 28, 42A and 101. It was only after I completed the trip and was doing some research on the route did I realise I travelled through Edenmore four years ago on the 104, at the time when the route was terminating on Ardlea Road. Of course, as discussed in the 104 feature, that routing did not last very long and I only did it once.


The current 27 family is an odd one, like most families I suppose. The main route runs from Clare Hall to Jobstown and is operated by both Clontarf and Ringsend garages. When it was introduced in 2011 it originally terminated at Edenmore but this did not last long. The 27A is operated by Clontarf Garage solely and goes to Blunden Drive while the 27B is operated by Harristown Garage and runs to there from the City Centre via Beumont Hospital and Santry. The three routes only run together from Artane Roundabout and the City Centre. Other routes share more road-space with the 27 than its derivatives and in some respects they have a loose connection to the route. However, in the past that was not always the case. Taking the 1994 timetable for example, the original 27A went from the City Centre to Beaumont Hospital via Fairview, Artane and Coolock. The 27B went from the City Centre to Castletimon via Fairview, Artane, and Kilmore. Finally the 27 went from the City Centre to Coolock via Fairview and Artane. So the 27 and its derivatives covered the west side of the Malahide Road, while the 28 and the derivatives of the 42 (42A, 42B & 42C) covered the eastern side. Changes in the network have resulted in the current odd situation. The original 27A was removed in 1996 when the 27 went to City Swift. The current route introduced in 2011 was called the 27A because it was to be interworked with the new 27 but that never happened. Perhaps it should have been given a different number, like 28? This would have created a nice sequence with northern routes going clockwise being 27, 28 and 29 (if the 29A had been successfully renumbered).


The 27A is really fascinating bus route and everyone should really experience it. It goes through a part of Dublin that other routes do not so is pretty unique and I cannot think of any other route that is similar to it. Due to the geography of the area, it is possible to stand at the bus stop in McAuley Park and see the bus across the river valley exiting Edenmore. It really is the oddest route.


The update today covers the current 27A and the Overview Page looks at the 27A, 28 and 101. At a future date I will add a page on the 42A, 42B and 42C.


On the day I travelled on Clontarf Garage’s AV 285, one of three buses required to operate the route.



For the page on Dublin Bus route 27A, click here

For an overview of routes 27A, 28 and 101, click here


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