C-Spine launching 28th of November

8 months ago Wed 17th Nov 2021

Phase 2 of the BusConnects Network Redesign will be launching on 28th November in West Dublin and East Kildare.

This will see the introduction of the C-Spine (C1, C2, C3, C4), route 52, eight peak only routes (P29, X25, X26, X27, X28, X30, X31 and X32) and six local routes (L51, L52, L53, L54, L58 and L59). Two night-time routes (C5 and C6) will also be introduced.

The introduction of Phase 2 will coincide with the removal of route 239, which will be replaced by the new local routes L51 and L52.



From 28th November, TFI Leap Card fares are being simplified across applicable public transport services within the Dublin metropolitan area. More information will be available soon.



What routes are included in Phase 2?

The new routes implemented in Phase 2 are C1, C2, C3, C4, route 52, eight peak only routes (P29, X25, X26, X27, X28, X30, X31 and X32), six local routes (L51, L52, L53, L54, L58 and L59) and two night-time routes (C5 and C6).

What routes are being discontinued?

Old routes 25, 25a, 25b, 25d, 25x, 66, 66a, 66b, 66e, 66n, 66x, 67, 67n and 67x operated by Dublin Bus and route 239, operated by Go-Ahead Ireland are being replaced in phase 2.



What areas are served by the new C-Spine?

Areas around West Dublin and East Kildare will be served by new routes from Maynooth, Leixlip, Celbridge, Lucan, Adamstown, Liffey Valley and Palmerstown towards the City Centre. Ringsend and Sandymount.

When are the other routes around Dublin being launched?

The other routes that are part of the new BusConnects network will be rolling out on a phased basis over the next several years. The next phase includes the N4 & N6 orbitals in 2022.

Will fares change?

On the 28th November, the TFI 90 Minute Fare will be introduced. This alongside the short fare will streamline TFI Leap Card fares in the Dublin Area.

Is my bus stop staying the same?

Some bus stops have moved. C-Spine routes will not serve Westmoreland Street or Pearse St stops, and will instead serve Aston Quay and Tara Street. Please check the TFI Journey Planner to plan your route.

What is a spine?

Spines are very frequent routes made up of individual bus services. In Phase 2 the Spines are C1, C2, C3 & C4.

What is a radial?

Other city bound services operate into Dublin City centre. These services are not part of any Spine and operate to their own timetable.

What is a local?

Local routes are services which provide important connections within local areas, linking to local retail centres and to onward transport connections. In Phase 2, local routes are L51, L52, L53, L54, L58 and L59.

Will I have to change bus to get into town?

All C-Spine routes (C1, C2, C3 and C4) operate into the city centre. The new local routes will provide connections from the C-Spine to local areas.

How frequently are the new services running?

The C1, C2, have a daytime frequency of 20-30 minutes and the C3 and C4 have a 30 minute frequency. The combined daytime frequency along the spine is every 8 minutes.

See C-Spine frequency table for all phase 2 route frequencies.

Why is Chapelizod losing services?

While the C-Spine will operate along the Chapelizod bypass, route 26 will have an enhanced frequency to ensure capacity for Chapelizod. This will serve Chapelizod every 15 minutes throughout the day with a 10 minute service at peak times. The new C5 and C6 night-time service will also serve the area. For more information see Chapelizod flyer.

Who can I contact for more information?

For customer information please contact:

Dublin Bus:

Phone: 01 873 4222

Email: customercomment@dublinbus.ie

Website: www.dublinbus.ie


For information on L51 and L52:

Go-Ahead Ireland:

Phone: 0818 804071

Email: customercomment@goaheadireland.ie

Website: www.goaheadireland.ie


Will my bus look different?

Buses in Phase 2 will have our new green and yellow TFI livery.


Timetables for the new routes L51 and L52 can be found below:

L51 Timetable.pdf

L52 Timetable.pdf


Please note, the new routes will replace route 239 from the 28th of November.