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Here's which Dublin Bus routes are curtailed the most due to anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour caused bus services to be curtailed 108 times last year. The figure for this year is already at 92.

File photo. Buses passing though College Green in Dublin city.
File photo. Buses passing though College Green in Dublin city.
Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie

DUBLIN BUS ROUTES have been curtailed a total of 92 times so far this year, an increase of over 30% on the same time last year.

The 40 bus route – which operates between Liffey Valley Shopping Centre and Charlestown Shopping Centre via the city centre – has been curtailed the most with 35 such instances so far this year.

Of these, 10 were in the last month, alone. 

However, a Dublin Bus spokesperson said that given the size and scale of its operations, incidences of anti-social behaviour are “relatively low”. 

The figures were released to Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West Mark Ward who described them as “shocking”, and said a number of the buses in his area have had to stop at certain times due to “vandals throwing stones and setting off fireworks at buses”. 

He said: “Enough is enough and I have had residents onto me who have been left waiting on buses or have been asked to leave the bus well before their desired stop. This is really affecting people of my community.”

In all of 2019, there were 108 instances where Dublin Bus routes were curtailed due to anti-social behaviour.

2019 bus The breakdown for 2019

The 27 bus route – which operates between Clare Hall and Jobstown – had the highest number of curtailments last year with 22. Already this year, the same route has had 21 curtailments.

In all of last year, the 40 had 21 curtailments but there have already been 35 such instances this year. The anti-social behaviour on this route has led to a recent spike in curtailments, with 29 occurrences since 1 July. 

The 13 – which operates from Harristown to Grange Castle – had 16 curtailments all of last year. So far this year, it has had 8.

2020 bus The breakdown for 2020 so far

Last year’s figures demonstrate the problem worsens during winter months before calming down in the summer. However, 15 instances in August 2020 compared to just six last year. 

Ward said more community gardaí are needed to combat the problem, particulary during the evening time.

“Dublin bus, gardaí and other community stakeholders need to come together to combat this problem,” he said.

“I am asking anybody involved in this anti-social behaviour to cop on and cease their attacks on our communities.

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“At the end of the day the people who are affected by their actions are their own family, friends and neighbours.”

In a statement, a spokesperson for Dublin Bus said: “Incidents of anti-social behaviour involving Dublin Bus to date this year have decreased by 4.5% compared to the same period last year.

“We are committed to embracing and fostering community relations and we have implemented physical mechanisms that protect our customers and employees who use our services.”

The company has a good relationship with An Garda Síochána and local community groups that have proven successful in limiting instances of anti-social behaviour, the spokesperson added.

“Overall incidents of anti-social behaviour and vandalism on buses have also decreased in recent years since the introduction of the exact fare system, CCTV and security screens at the drivers cab. 

The entire Dublin Bus fleet is fully fitted with CCTV cameras with up to ten internal cameras and two external cameras fitted on the more modern vehicles in the fleet. Each vehicle is also equipped with a radio which facilitates immediate contact to our Central Control Centre.

“All Dublin Bus employees are fully trained on the comprehensive procedures for dealing with specific challenging situations including anti-social behaviour.”

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