Kildare South Fine Gael TD and Minister Martin Heydon has welcomed a proposed solution from the National Transport Authority to improve bus services in Suncroft. This progress follows a survey of Suncroft residents carried about by Minister Heydon & his colleague Cllr. Kevin Duffy last year.

Minister Heydon said “The proposed solution from the NTA is very welcome and would see an extension of the existing local link route 821 to the Suncroft area. That route currently serves Newbridge and Naas which would add significantly to the transport links currently available to residents of Suncroft.

“The proposed extended service would run a minimum of 6 services per day in each direction (Monday to Sunday) with connections to Newbridge train station. It would also see the removal of the existing 126 Go Ahead service which is not currently providing sufficient services for local residents.

“The proposal is to be discussed further with the Kildare-South Dublin Local Link office prior to finalisation. The implementation date is therefore not yet certain, in the context of other competing priorities for rural bus services across Ireland, according to the NTA.

“This proposed solution is a good result following our survey and ongoing community engagement. A local committee led by Tracy Clarke has worked to highlight the needs in the area and also welcome this proposal. Our survey showed a clear community consensus on the need for a more reliable and suitably timed bus service. We need to ensure now that this proposal becomes a reality as soon as possible.

“Myself and Cllr Kevin Duffy will continue to work with the local committee and liaise with the NTA and Kildare – South Dublin local link to push for a speedy implementation date to provide for improved connectivity for residents of the Suncroft area” Minister Heydon concluded.