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A journey undertaken on Dublin Bus route 8 on the 5th August 2015.
In July 1949 the final tram in Dublin ran on route 8 and was replaced by buses. Fifty-two years later, Dublin Bus abolished route 8. However due to an appeal to the European courts by a politician, it returned in December 2010. In July 2015 though Dublin Bus published plans to revise services in Dun Laoghaire/Sallynoggin/Dalkey, and one of these proposed to abolish the 8 again. It therefore seemed timely to cover the route,before it is gone(for the second time)!
The 8 follows the 7 from Mountjoy Square, through Ballsbridge and
Blackrock, as far as Monkstown. The original 8 continued along the 7
route through Dun Laoghaire, and reached Dalkey via Sandycove (now
covered by the 59). The current 8 diverts away from the 7 in Monkstown
and travels along Carrickbrennan Road. It joins Mounttown Road Lower
near the terminus of the 4. It briefly shares roadspace with the 46A on
Mounttown Road Upper before turning onto Glenageary Road Upper. It passes through Sallynoggin Roundabout (crossing the 7) on the Glenageary Road Upper before joing Barnhill Road at Avondale Roundabout. It also meets the 59 (briefly) here. Instead of continuing along Barnhill Road to reach Dalkey, the 8 instead turns onto Castle Park Road and rejoins the old 8 route on Ulverton Road, to reach the terminus in Dalkey.
Back in the 1980s the 8 ran at a 10-minute frequency. Today there are 7 departures from Mountjoy Square and 9 from Dalkey, and the route only operates Monday - Friday. In fact, for a long time it was the main route to Dun Laoghaire with the 7 being a shortened version of it. As is so often the case, the main route now is a shadow of its former self, and the student has replaced the master.
While it remains the 8 is a route worth doing. It is not a very busy route during the day, though some morning departures do well into the city. On the day I travelled I got the 10:45 from Mountjoy Square and do not believe at any time there was more than 10 people on the bus. A total of four people got off in Dalkey. If the 8 goes, certain roads along the route will be left without a bus service.
On the 5th August 2015 I travelled on Donnybrook's SG 32 on the 8.