After spending some time On The Beaten Track it was time to resume the exploration of routes not travelled on before. With that in mind it was time to return to Conyngham Road and cover the two routes that serve the estates of Ballyfermot: routes 79 and 79A.
Both routes are interworked with each other and cover most of the same routing. Starting in Aston Quay they both pass Heuston Station. The 79 diverts from the 79A to serve Kilmainham and Inchicore while the latter stays on Con Colbert Road. Both serve Decies Road and reach Ballyfermot via Kylemore Road. After passing through Ballyfermot they turn onto Clifden Road and reach Cherry Orchard Avenue. The 79 terminates in Spiddal Park while the 79A continues on through Cherry Orchard and terminates in Park West.
The 79A terminus is near the new railway station of Park West and Cherry Orchard, and both routes pass the former station of the same name. In fact these routes parallel a lot of the railway line into Heuston Station whilst also serving that station. These routes also provide the service to the housing estates around Balluyfermot while the 40 provides the main service to Ballyfermot. The southern part of the 40 replaced the 78 and 78A through Network Direct and another proposal was to merge the 79 and 79A with the 27B. This would have created a cross city route from Park West to Kilmore in north Dublin, and restored an all day bus connection between Dublin Connolly and Dublin Heuston. Unfortunately this was one change that never happened, but who knows what will happen in the future.
Usually I like to recommend a reason to travel on the route(s) but a health warning is required with these two: they are practically at the top of the list when it comes to short workings due to anti-social behaviour. The morning I travelled I experienced no problems so I suggest a time is carefully chosen to explore these routes.
On the day I travelled on EV 55 on route 79A and AV 265 on route 79.