Dublin Bus operates route 33B from Swords ( Pavillion shopping centre & Main Street Swords via Donabate to Portrane in North County Dublin.
Route 33B was previously a spur of long distance route 33 to Skerries & Balbriggan with the 33B linking remote Donabate & Portane with the Dublin Bus network. The area was also served by short stint route 33C from Donabate Railway Station to Portane, although this has since been cancelled.
With the opening of the new garage at Harristown near Dublin Airport in November 2004, route 33B was transferred, along with other Summerhill routes 17A & 230 to the new facility.
Route 33B traditionally operated a Portane/ Donbate/ Skerries routing in the 90's with selected services on a Sunday operating into Dublin City Centre.
With the operation from Harristown now, the timetable generally operates on a half hour frequency with 2 buses required & hourly off peak.
During the last days of Summerhill operation, it used the DAF SB220 AD class on the route, but Harristown allocated Volvo Olympians to the route now.
With the spiraling housing developments with the area's, the service is well patronised.
Volvo Olympian RV 561, originally delivered to Dublin Bus is 1999 as partof the final batch of Olympians delivered to the company, entering service at Donnybrook Garage & operating route 7 to Loughlingstown for many years.
RV 561 was moved to Harristown Garage in a large fleet movement when route 7 was converted to low floor ALX400's.
RV 561 is seen above at Portrane, at " The Burrow " terminus just past the village, in March 2007.
This area is known as " The Burrow " or Burrow Road. Beyond the terminus, the road narrows & not suitable for buses, especially deckers. In both directions from Portane, the 33B takes two curious detours, firstly via St Ita's Hospital in Portane which is up a narrow road along cottages into the hospital grounds & right up to the Hospital's main entrance door literally. Another circular detour is up to Seaview Park housing estate overlooking the coast.
Dublin Bus Route 33B
Swords Village ( Pavillion )
Swords Main Street
Donabate Railway Station
St'. Ita's Hospital Portrane
Volvo Olympian RV 540 in Swords Main Street October 2005