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Dublin Bus still has three single-decker buses

They mainly service the 44B route.

Image: Des O Murchu Archive Gallery via Flickr/CC

DUBLIN BUS HAS a fleet of nearly 1,000 buses, three of which are single deck vehicles.

The need for the smaller vehicles has largely died out due to growing passenger numbers and extended routes, but the capital’s bus service still retains the vehicles for certain routes.

The buses are used on routes where roads may be narrower and less easily accessible to double deckers.

According to DublinBusStuff.com, single decker buses were used extensively on the “Nipper” route in the late 80s/early 90s.

The Nipper service was introduced for the Christmas period of 1988. Its purpose was to try and alleviate traffic within the city centre and thus can be seen as some form of precursor to today’s ‘operation free-flow’. The route performed successfully during its period of operation. Dublin Bus responded by increasing its period of operation to include the post-Christmas sales. The route was re-introduced for the Christmases of 1989, 1990 and 1991.

A spokesperson for Dublin Bus that the bus is used to service the 44B route which takes it to Johnny Foxes Pub in the Dublin Mountains.

“Dublin Bus operates a fleet of 987 buses, three of which are single deck vehicles. These are based in Donnybrook Depot and are predominately used on Route 44b due to narrow roads and low hanging trees along the route to Glencullen.”

The route goes to Glencullen from Dundrum six times a day Monday to Friday.

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