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Wright StreetLite Max DF #12133

29 january 2020 - Dublin, Dublin City University campus. Board 5241.
This university is served by a rather rich network of bus connections. Routes 44, 104 and 220/A terminate within the campus, each of them running roughly every hour. The latter only came here in January 2019 when it was taken over by the company in photo (all 220 arrivals change into 104s and vice versa). Furthermore, routes 31D, 42D, and 70D also terminate here - each does one pair of term-time only Monday-Friday rush-hour departures. Walking out to Collins Avenue Extension outside to the left we get hourly departures on the 24-hour regional route 109A (DCU is served by daytime departures only, however). On top of that, a pair of Monday-Friday rush-hour rte 126 trips terminates there (well, the morning arrival is rte 126D, the evening departure is a plain 126). Walking a bit to the west gate we arrive at Ballymun Road, whish is served by the afore-mentioned 70D, but also by the all-day routes 4, 9, 11, 13, and 155, each of them operating at a frequency between 12 and 30 minutes midday. If you want to or need to take a walk, about 400-500 metres to the east we have Swords Road with routes 1, 16, 33, and 41/C, as well as the regional rte 101. Except for the 33, all city routes run between every 12 and 20 minutes midday.
The main reason why I`m mentioning this is that with todays results publication, my four-year study at DCU is now finished.



Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 #VWD431

21 june 2020 - Galway, Costello Road. And the lost sheep has been found - VWD431 was the last of the 429-432 batch to enter revenue service. This batch was delayed maybe by even a year, but was finally delivered to Galway in May.


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Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 #VWD430

27 may 2020 - Galway, Bishop O`Donnell Road (R338). Slightly behind schedule, this somewhat new bus is climbing its last kilometre. VWD430 entered revenue service only in the past month, which is curious because BÉ had already long ago put VWD460 and VWD461, buses several months newer than this, into revenue service.
It looks like the Saturday Plus schedules will soon be gone, however. Rumours have started that regular Monday-Friday schedules will be back from 8 June. Given that the restrictions that were put in place to slow down the coronavirus spreading are being loosened up, it was expectable. One thing that remains to be seen, however, is whether Bus Éireann will return to its full service on their commercial long-distance "Expressway" routes. A few weeks ago they were forced to introduce reduced schedules after it turned out that their cash reserves are ending, and keeping a full Expressway schedule supposedly cost them up to €750,000 a week...
This photo was taken during exercise and well within the 5 km radius from my current residence.



Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 #VWD413

27 may 2020 - Galway, Gateway Retail Park access road. The bus just departed the western terminus of the cross-city rte 405. Including a scheduled 5-minute layover at the central transfer stop, the trip is scheduled to take 38 minutes.
In terms of Irish transport, the novel coronavirus left its mark quite visibly. Mostly as a result of quite strict civilian movement restrictions (the initial restriction was to not go further than a 2 km radius from their residence if not for work, shopping or medical needs; currently the cap is set at 5 km), most private companies that run commercial services suspended them until further notice. Public Service Obligation routes - that is, routes contracted with the NTA - saw so-called "Saturday Plus" schedules introduced Monday-Friday from 1 April. They are simply Saturday schedules with extra trips in the mornings where the Saturday schedule started noticeably late, and keeping those routes that don`t run on Saturdays running. However, the companies that are taking the biggest blows are those whose existence relies on school services and tourism-oriented hires.
This photo was taken during exercise and well within the 5 km radius from my current residence.



Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 #SG115

23 january 2020 - Enniskerry, R760 (village square). Board 2-44.
At its simplest, route 44 needs four buses to operate an hourly frequency. However it`s scheduled together with the peak time only route 44B, so overall it needs five buses and 12 drivers. The route is somewhat demanding in the southern portions of the city, but even without those it`s not the simpliest road in the city at all.



Volvo B9TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini #11904

23 january 2020 - Enniskerry, Glencree Road. Board 4291.
Crap weather and so the background is crap too. Rte 185 is supposed to be operated by single deckers (double deckers appear on selected journeys only and this isn`t one of them). However, a short chat with the driver later and it turns out there wasn`t anything spare in the depot - board 4291 pulls out at 11:50. The long-term lack of double-deckers on a more regular basis on the 185 shows however, with tree branches encroaching into the road already.



Wright StreetLite Max DF #12119

23 january 2020 - Enniskerry, Main Street. Board 4271.
And as I have mentioned, single deckers are the norm. On the other hand however, single deckers are about 1.5 metres longer than double deckers, and thus they`re not the most favourite in the drivers` eyes on tighter routes (and mind you, rte 185 is one of those).



Wright StreetLite Max DF #12115

14 january 2020 - Newtownmountkennedy, R772. Board 4251.
Route 184 terminates here, by the Newcastle Hospital. With the transfer of the route to GAI the service level was improved - going up from a 30-min frequency Mon-Fri, 60-min Saturdays, and 120-min Sundays straight up to every 30 minutes every day. Thus rte 184 became a much more worthwhile option when it comes to getting to the closest towns (Greystones and Bray as seen on the scroll) and the nearest train stations. Bus Éireann also operates rte 133 through here, but how important is it aside from a direct access to Dublin city centre and airport... I have no idea.



Wright StreetLite Max DF #12123

15 january 2020 - Dublin, car park near Clontarf Road station. Board 5231.
With route 104 being taken over by Go-Ahead Ireland the terminus in Clontarf moved. Instead of terminating at the Clontarf bus garage, some 2.5 km to the east from here, it now terminates by this DART station. It offers some transport integration - you can see the station building to the left of the photo, the DART runs every 10 minutes Monday to Friday, and you just have to fit in well with the 104 that runs every hour. The card with 5231 seen in the front window is the bus running number (or `board number` as referred to in Dublin Bus), which is not related to the route number, in comparison to Dublin Bus practice.



Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 MMC 10.8m #2703

7 january 2020 - Ashbourne, R135. Go-Ahead currently has three Public Service Obligation contracts signed with the NTA. The first of these, for the operation of city services in Dublin, commenced operations on 9 September 2018 and was introduced phase-by-phase all the way until 24 March 2019. Although signed second, the third to commence was the Kildare commuter routes contract, where operations started on 1 December 2019 (with the second and last phase set to start on 19 January 2019). The last contract is this small one for rte 197, which began on 24 November 2019. Rte 197 is a local linking route operating between two towns to the north of Dublin along roads which made me question whether having a bus run there isn`t too much. The operator purchased three of the buses as seen above, but on top of that, two of the 40 Streetlites from the city services contract have been adapted as operational spares.


Wright StreetLite Max DF #12138

7 january 2020 - Dublin, Malahide Road and Kilmore Road junction. Board 5241.
Almost all PSO service buses since 2012 have been bought by the state transport authority. This holds true for this bus as well - as part of its Dublin city services contract, Go-Ahead Ireland received 40 of these buses from the NTA. Current schedules require 33 of these buses Monday-Friday, and they are used on routes 33A, 33B, 104, 111, 161, 184, 185, 220/A, 238, 239, and 270. They used to operate rte 102 as well, but have since disappeared from there in favour of double-deckers.



Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 #SG541

24 october 2019 - Dublin, Tallaght, The Square. A few years after the mass purchases of ALX400 bodywork buses (there were 659 bought in total, 649 on Volvo and 10 on Dennis chassis), Dublin mass-ordered Volvo B5TLs with Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodywork (oh wait, that`s actually Gemini 3 with a Gemini 2 face). The final number is 621 buses for Dublin Bus (including the 49 units transferred to Go-Ahead), and at least 36 more for Go-Ahead. As a result there are at least 657 units to be seen around Dublin, all from 2012-2020 production, easily matching the previous bulk from the years 2000-2006.


Volvo B9TL / Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 #EV 13

14 september 2019 - Dublin, Clontarf Road. There you go, a single-doored piece of cardboard-quality construction. Rte 130, operated by the Clontarf depot, for the longest time has been home to the oldest buses in the garage. After the last Clontarf AVs were withdrawn in 2018, it`s now this type of Alexander "scrap".


Scania K410EB 6x2 NI / Irizar i6 15.37 #SE28

14 august 2018 - 10:08, Cavan, Dublin Road.

X30 - Dublin (Busaras) → Donegal (Abbey Hotel)



Scania K410EB 6x2 NI / Irizar i6 15.37 #SE30

11 august 2018 - 10:13, Cavan, Farnham Street.

X30 - Dublin (Busaras) → Donegal (Abbey Hotel)



Scania K410EB 6x2 NI / Irizar i6 15.37 #SE34

11 august 2018 - 13:37, Cavan, Cathedral Road.

30 - Donegal (Abbey Hotel) → Dublin (Busaras)



Scania K410EB 6x2 NI / Irizar i6 15.37 #SE48

9 august 2018 - 14:43, Longford, Saint Joseph`s Road.

22 - Ballina (Bus Station) → Dublin Airport (Atrium Rd Zone 11 Stop 2)



Scania K410EB 6x2 NI / Irizar i6 15.37 #SE57

14 august 2018 - 08:58, Cavan, Farnham Street.

X30 - Donegal (Abbey Hotel) → Dublin (Busaras)



Scania K114EB / Irizar PB 12.35 #SP34

9 august 2018 - 07:43, Cavan, Dublin Road.

30 - Donegal (Abbey Hotel) → Dublin (Busaras)



Scania K114EB / Irizar PB 12.35 #SP114

9 august 2018 - 15:05, Longford, Saint Joseph`s Road.

22 - Dublin Airport (Atrium Rd Zone 11 Stop 2) → Ballina (Bus Station)



Volvo B11R 4x2 / Sunsundegui SC7-13M #VE2

21 august 2018 - 09:46, Dublin, Store Street.

126 - Dublin (Connolly LUAS stop) → Kildare (Boyles)



Volvo B11R 4x2 / Sunsundegui SC7-13M #VE12

9 august 2018 - 13:46, Longford, Battery Road.

23 - Dublin (Busaras) → Sligo (Bus Station)



DAF SB4000 / Berkhof Axial 70 #LC17

21 august 2018 - 17:44, Dublin, Navan Road.

109B - Dublin (Busaras) → Trim (Knightsbrook Hotel)



VDL Synergy SDD-141/510 #LD304

4 september 2018 - 08:38, Cavan, Dublin Road.

109X - Dublin (Busaras) → Cavan (Bus Station- Farnham St)



VDL Synergy SDD-141/510 #LD319

11 august 2018 - 09:49, Cavan, Railway Road.

109X - Cavan (Bus Station- Farnham St) → Dublin (Busaras)



VDL Synergy SDD-141/510 #LD320

14 august 2018 - 09:51, Cavan, Dublin Road.

109X - Cavan (Bus Station- Farnham St) → Dublin (Busaras)



VDL Futura FDD2 141/510 #LF302

14 august 2018 - 14:50, Cavan, Railway Road.

109X - Cavan (Bus Station- Farnham St) → Dublin (Busaras)



VDL Futura FDD2 141/510 #LF305

4 september 2018 - 07:51, Cavam, Dublin Road.

109X - Cavan (Bus Station- Farnham St) → Dublin (Busaras)



VDL Futura FDD2 141/510 #LF308

11 august 2018 - 12:52, Cavan, Railway Road.

109X - Cavan (Bus Station- Farnham St) → Dublin (Busaras)



VDL Futura FDD2 141/510 #LF323

16 july 2018 - 10:44, Cavan, Dublin Road.

109X - Cavan (Bus Station- Farnham St) → Dublin (Busaras)



VDL Futura FDD2 141/510 #LF324

14 august 2018 - 13:47, Cavan, Bus Station area.

109X - Cavan (Bus Station- Farnham St) → Dublin (Busaras)



Scania K 340 EB4x2NI / Irizar New Century 12.35 #SC204

11 august 2018 - 13:08, Cavan, Farnham Street.

175 - Cavan (Bus Station- Farnham St) → Monaghan (Bus Station)



Scania K 340 EB4x2NI / Irizar New Century 12.35 #SC214

14 august 2018 - 13:28, Cavan, Bus Station area.

166 - Cavan (Bus Station- Farnham St) → Dundalk (Bus Station- Long Walk)
Via: Cavan (Cavan Crystal) » Bailieboro (Opp Bailie Hotel) » Kingscourt (Wishing Well Pub)



Scania K 340 EB4x2NI / Irizar New Century 12.35 #SC218

31 august 2018 - 08:09, Cavan, Ballinagh Road.

111A - Cavan (Bus Station- Farnham St) → Delvin (Gaffneys)



Scania K 340 EB4x2NI / Irizar PB 12.35 #SC324

4 september 2018 - 08:10, Cavan, Ballinagh Road.

111A - Cavan (Bus Station- Farnham St) → Delvin (Gaffneys)



Scania K 340 EB4x2NI / Irizar PB 12.35 #SC325

3 september 2018 - 08:09, Cavan, Ballinagh Road.

111A - Cavan (Bus Station- Farnham St) → Delvin (Gaffneys)



Scania K410EB 6x2 NI / Irizar i6 15.37 #SE27

9 august 2018 - 09:35, Longford, Main Street.

23 - Sligo (Bus Station) → Dublin (Busaras)
Via: Collooney (Quigley’s) » Drumfin (Opp Morrison Memorial)



Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 #SG169

2 may 2017 - SG159, on line 13, Drumcondra road, stop Home Farm Road


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Volvo B7TL / Alexander Dennis ALX400 #AV419

21 august 2018 - 19:57, Dublin, Eden Quay.

27b - Eden Quay → Harristown



Volvo B7TL / Alexander Dennis ALX400 #AX610

21 august 2018 - 12:40, Dublin, Parkgate Street.

25 - Merrion Square → Lucan (Dodsboro)



Volvo B7TL / Alexander Dennis ALX400 #AX611

21 august 2018 - 09:53, Dublin, College Street.

25b - Adamstown Rail Station → Merrion Square



Volvo B9TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini #GT140

21 august 2018 - 11:51, Dublin, Blackhall Place.

83 - Harristown → Kimmage



Volvo B7TL / East Lancs Myllennium Vyking #DD15

14 september 2017 - Cork, Saint Patrick`s Street.


Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 #VWD 47

14 september 2017 - Cork, Saint Patrick`s Bridge.


Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 #VWD 33

14 september 2017 - Cork, Anglesea Street.


Volvo B9TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 #VWD 5

14 september 2017 - Cork, Infirmary Road.


Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban #VWL154

14 september 2017 - Cork, South Mall.


Scania CK UB4x2LB #SL24

14 september 2017 - Cork, Parnell Bridge.


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Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban 2 #VWL307

14 september 2017 - Cork, Albert Quay.


Mercedes-Benz O295 #MC313

14 september 2017 - Cork, Grand Parade.


Mercedes-Benz O295 #MC301

14 september 2017 - Cork, Saint Patrick`s Street.


Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban #VWL175

14 september 2017 - Limerick, Mulgrave Street.


Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban 2 #VWL313

14 september 2017 - Limerick, Cathedral Place.


Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban 2 #VWL314

14 september 2017 - Limerick, Mallow Street Upper.


Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban 2 #VWL316

14 september 2017 - Limerick, William Street.


Volvo B7TL / TransBus ALX400 #AV319

15 september 2017 - Dublin, Camden Street Lower.


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Volvo B7TL / Alexander Dennis ALX400 #AV390

16 september 2017 - Dún Laoghaire, Harbour Road.


Volvo B7TL / Alexander Dennis ALX400 #AV425

17 september 2017 - Dublin, Dame Street.


Volvo B7TL / Alexander Dennis ALX400 #AV448

16 september 2017 - Dublin, James Street.


Volvo B7TL / Alexander Dennis ALX400 #AX499

15 september 2017 - Dublin, Beresford Place.