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A journey undertaken on route 41C on 25th June 2015 and route 41 on 2nd July 2015.
A few weeks ago routes 39 and 39A were covered on this website. The 39 was the first route to be converted to City Swift back in 1993. The final route to be converted was the 41 and it marked the death-knell of this concept. The idea of the brand was high-frequency buses using Quality Bus Corridors into the city. When the 39 started it had departures every six minutes. The 41 did not achieve any of this. First of all, it was not just the 41 that was converted to City Swift, but all of the 41s, which included the 41B and its five departures a day. In the off-peak the combined 41 and 41C offered a fifteen-minute frequency which does compare well with what the 39 was offering. Finally the infrastructure was never fully developed along the Swords Road corridor. Indeed one notable bottleneck at the "Cat and Cage" pub in Drumcondra is only being dealt with now in 2015.
In spite of these issues the 41 and the 41C are the main bus routes to Swords in north County Dublin. It is also the main town in Fingal. The 41 traces it routes back to 1926 while the 41C started in 1981 to serve the new housing developments in River Valley. Both routes start in Abbey Street and run together through Drumcondra and Santry. The 41 serves Dublin Airport while the 41C by-passes it. After meeting again the routes then divide at Airside. The 41C serves the housing developments at Boroimhe and River Valley (along with the 102) before reaching Swords Main Street. The 41 runs directly from Airside, along the R132, before entering Swords along the Malahide Road. At Swords Castle the routes divide again with the 41 running along the Rathbeale Road to St. Cronan's Avenue. The 41C continues north to edge of Swords before heading for Applewood and Glen Ellen and rejoins the 41 on St. Cronan's Avenue. Both routes then run to the combned terminus at Swords Manor. This is also the terminus of the private operator Swords Express. The 41 is the more direct route to Swords (apart from the Dublin Airport diversion) and Swords Manor while the 41C serves the large housing developments around the town. Currently the National Transport Authority proposing a Bus Rapid Transit system to Swords so within a few short years both of these routes could be revised or combined or altered in some other way.
Both routes are operated by Summerhill Garage and I travelled on AV 271on the 41C and AV 424 on the 41.