Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon has said that his proposal to Minister for Transport Shane Ross to extend certain rural transport bus routes to run at later times over weekends would include existing and popular routes from Newbridge to Athy in Kildare and Portarlington to Emo in Co. Laois.
“As Chairman of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party I have been working on a proposal to extend existing rural bus routes operated by Local Link companies around the Country, in a bid to address the issue of social isolation. The proposal which would run on a pilot basis for a year includes the popular route serving Athy – Newbridge operated by Kildare South Dublin Local Link which started last August.
“This route currently operates 3 times daily serving Athy, Kilberry, Kildangan, Nurney, Kildare Village, Kildare Town and Newbridge. Under the proposal the route would now cotinine to run later on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday evenings with the last departure at 22.40.
“One of the advantages of the proposal is that the route is established and has built up a customer base, the capital costs of the bus have already been invested so providing the additional routes would not incur significant capital costs.
“Kildare South Dublin Local Link also hope that they could extend their service to incorporate a hackney service for local residents who live close to the route but not on the exact road, to link them in with the service.
“Minister for Transport Shane Ross is considering my proposal of nationwide routes which was submitted on behalf of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party.”
Note to Editors:
The attached spreadsheet shows the list of routes that are included in the proposal nationwide including the Athy – Newbridge Route in Co. Kildare and 3 routes in Co. Laois.
TCU AreaRoute IDAREA ServedAdditional ServicesExtra Trip per weekLast Departure TimeCurrent Last Departure
Kildare South DublinSK01Athy to NewbridgeThurs, Fri, Sat 12 2240 1740
Cork 253 Kinsale – Clonakilty Thurs, Fri Sat 12 2300 2005
Cork 245C Mitchelstown – Fermoy Thurs Fri Sat 12 2330 2100
Kerry DRT Bonane to Kenmare Friday 2 2300 1600
Kerry DRT The Glen Ballinskelligs Saturday 2 2300 2300
Kerry DRT Moyvane Area Saturday 2 2300 1500
Kerry DRT Ballyduff Area Friday 2 2300 1530
Kerry DRT Causeway Saturday 2 2300 1430
Kerry DRT Ballyferriter Area Sunday 2 2300 1700
Kerry DRT Camp Area Saturday 2 2300 1830
Kerry DRT Curow Firries Area Saturday / Sunday 4 2300 1600
Kerry DRT Sneem Area Saturday / Sunday 4 2300 1500
Kerry DRT Ballylongford Saturday / Sunday 4 2300 1600
Kerry DRT Kilflynn/ Abbeydorney Saturday / Sunday 4 2300 1500
Kerry DRT Tarbert Area Saturday / Sunday 4 2300 1600
Kerry DRT Kilgarven Saturday / Sunday 4 2300 1500
Kerry DRT Portmagee / Valentia Island Saturday / Sunday 4 2300 1600
Kerry DRT Lixnaw Saturday / Sunday 4 2300 1500
Limerick 2357 Ballyrogan to Chrleville Fri Sat Sun 9 2300 1745
Limerick 3101 Newcastlewest Circular Fri Sat Sun 9 2200 1500
Waterford 363 Tallow to dungarvan Fri Sat Sun 12 2200 1800