Go-Ahead School Routes:
On the 31st August 2020, 8 new routes began operation in North County Dublin. These routes are the 33S, 102A, 102C, 102P, 102S, 220S, 236S and 270S. These routes are slight variants of existing routes in the network, and all are operated by Go-Ahead. The reason for their introduction is to help out existing services that were previously heavily loaded with school passengers, allowing minor variations and extentions to better serve schools. However, based on observation these routes have not had the best of starts and in all my observations/photographs, I did not see one passenger on board any of them. To enable the routes to begain operation, Go-Ahead received 9 former Dublin Bus AX-class vehicles, which had been in store, namely ex AX497-AX505 which have become 11701-11709, following the same numerical sequence.
Route 102A operates from Greenfield Road (outside the Domincan College) to Swords Pavillions. It is interesting that in order to turn about the buses follow the 31A loop of Shielmartin Road, thus passing the terminus of Routes 102C and 102S but not stopping. This must be to preserve capacity for the Domincan College students. The route proceeds along Greenfield Road rejoining the existing 102 service at Sutton Station, though not serving Sutton Station itself. It follows the 102 routing all the way to Swords Pavillions. It operates in one direction only in the afternoon/evening, the alternate morning service operating as Route 102 to St. Fintan's Road.
Route 102P operates from Portmarnock Community School on Carrickhill Road to the shops at Rathingle (former 41C terminus), just past River Valley estate. It operates as per Route 102 between these two points.
Route 236S operates from Coolmine Industrial Estate, just outside Scoil Oilibeir, to Tyrellstown. It operates from Scoil Oilibeir to Blanchardstown Centre via Snugborough Road Extension, does a loop around Blanchardstown Centre serving both 236 stops towards Tyrellstown, before following the 236 route to Tyrellstown. How many school children live in the Corporate Park or the Ballycoolin Business Park is open to debate, yet this route serves both. One wonders if a Route 238S would have made more sense.