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Connecting Ireland Project Launched

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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,541 ✭✭✭✭LXFlyer


    Existing route 547 between Ballinasloe and Portumna is going to get a service increase from 4th December.

    https://www.transportforireland.ie/news/tfi-local-link-galway-enhances-bus-service-from-portumna-to-ballinasloe/

    TFI Local Link Galway enhances bus service from Portumna to Ballinasloe

    24TH NOVEMBER 2023

    Enhanced bus route 547 from Portumna to Ballinasloe launching Monday the 4th of December 

    TFI Local Link Galway is enhancing bus services from Portumna to Ballinasloe from Monday the 4th of December.

    Servicing Portumna, Eyrecourt, Laurencetown, Ballinasloe and Ballinasloe Train Station

    Route 547 will now operate five daily return services Monday to Saturday as well as three daily return services on Sunday. The route will offer enhanced connectivity to Portumna, Eyrecourt, Laurencetown, Ballinasloe and Ballinasloe Train Station.

    It will provide improved connectivity to and from Ballinasloe Train Station as well as peak-time and evening services for commuters and will continue to provide connectivity to Portiuncula Hospital and regional bus services.

    Improved connectivity to regional bus and rail services

    Speaking ahead of the launch, TFI Local Link Galway General Manger Joe Greally said: “This enhancement, a much-needed upgrade, will provide a morning service from Ballinasloe Train Station and improved connectivity to regional bus and rail services.

    “We believe this will be welcomed by our existing and new customers alike, as it offers them more flexibility. In partnership with the NTA, we are committed to continually improving and expanding our services to meet the needs of our customers. We understand that every journey matters, and with these enhancements, we hope to make those journeys even better.”

    Additional Information:

    For route and timetable information call (091) 842 384 or visit www.locallinkgalway.ie



  • Registered Users Posts: 17,541 ✭✭✭✭LXFlyer


    Existing route 197 between Swords, Knocksedan and St. Margarets is to also increase frequency from 3rd December.

    https://www.transportforireland.ie/news/tfi-local-link-louth-meath-fingal-enhances-bus-service-from-knocksedan-to-swords/

    TFI Local Link Louth Meath Fingal enhances bus service from Knocksedan to Swords

    24TH NOVEMBER 2023

    Enhanced route 196 will now operate a seven day a week service 

    TFI Local Link Louth Meath Fingal is enhancing bus services from Knocksedan to Swords from Sunday the 3rd of December.

    Enhanced connectivity to Rivermeade, Swords Nursing Home, Swords Village and Swords Pavilions

    Route 196 will now operate on Sundays providing seven daily return services from Swords to Knocksedan, with two of these services extending to St. Margaret’s. The enhanced route will continue to operate fourteen daily return services operating on Monday to Saturday from Swords to Knocksedan, with four of these services extending to St. Margaret’s.

    Along with the new Sunday service, the route will provide peak-time and evening services for commuters and will continue to provide enhanced connectivity to Rivermeade, Swords Nursing Home, Swords Village and Swords Pavilions.

    Seven day a week service

    Speaking ahead of the launch, TFI Local Link Louth Meath Fingal Deputy Manager, Deirdre Murtaugh said: “We are delighted to announce the addition of Sunday and Bank Holiday services, making this route a seven day a week service for the people living in the Knocksedan to Swords area.

    “It will provide greater connectivity for people who travel to work, education, training, shopping, and social activities.”

    Additional Information:

    For route and timetable information call (046) 907 4830 or visit www.locallinklmf.ie



  • Registered Users Posts: 17,541 ✭✭✭✭LXFlyer


    Finally, routes C2 and C3 operating out of Cavan will see expanded services from 4th December.

    https://www.transportforireland.ie/news/tfi-local-link-enhances-two-bus-services-increasing-connectivity-in-cavan-and-monaghan/

    TFI Local Link enhances two bus services increasing connectivity in Cavan and Monaghan

    24TH NOVEMBER 2023

    Enhanced routes C2 and C3 launching Monday the 4th of December

    TFI Local Link Cavan Monaghan is enhancing two bus services from Kilnaleck to Cavan Hospital and Redhills to Cavan Hospital, from Monday the 4th of December.

    Enhanced connectivity to regional bus routes to facilitate onward travel

    Route C2 will be enhanced to extend from Ballinagh to Kilnaleck. This route will continue to service Ballinagh Health Centre, Cavan General Hospital and Cavan Town Centre. Route C3 will now service the Swellan area as well as Redhills, Ballyhaise, Cavan Bus Station and Farnham Estate.

    Both routes will now operate eight daily return services Monday to Saturday with three additional evening return services on Fridays and Saturdays and will provide a new Sunday service operating seven daily return services. The enhanced routes will continue to offer peak-time and evening services for commuters and will offer enhanced connectivity to regional bus routes to facilitate onward travel.

    Sustainable public transport options

    Speaking ahead of the launch, TFI Local Link Cavan Monaghan Manager, Padraic Smyth said: “Working in partnership with the NTA, we are delighted to deliver the enhancements to both C2 and C3 services in Co. Cavan.

    “The enhancements to Sunday schedules, the extension of the C2 to Kilnaleck and the new alignment on the C3 is a welcomed development for local people in these areas. It serves to continue our targets of improving sustainable public transport options for the people in this region.”

    Additional Information: 

    For route and timetable information visit www.locallinkcm.ie



  • Registered Users Posts: 311 ✭✭Geog1234


    Great to see these enhancements but no apparent stop between Ballinagh and Kilnaleck - a distance of approximately 10 kilometres is ridiculous - several communities along and near the route for instance Ballintemple.



  • Registered Users Posts: 17,541 ✭✭✭✭LXFlyer


    Minor timetable changes are in operation on Local Link Route 887 from New Ross to Carlow since 20th November.

    New timetable is here: https://www.transportforireland.ie/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/TFI-LL-R887-New-Ross-to-Carlow-Nov23.pdf

    Revised timetables on the following Local Link routes with additional stops added:

    Route 822 Mountrath to Carlow - https://locallinklaoisoffaly.ie/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/822-Mountrath-to-Carlow-4pp-01Dec23-ONLINE.pdf

    Route 840 Banagher to Tullamore - https://locallinklaoisoffaly.ie/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/840-Banagher-to-Tullamore-4pp-01Dec23-ONLINE.pdf



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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,541 ✭✭✭✭LXFlyer


    Route 280 Waterville to Killarney has had a revised timetable since October 24th: https://www.locallinkkerry.ie/Cahersiveen/#route280



  • Registered Users Posts: 17,541 ✭✭✭✭LXFlyer


    Some Bus Éireann enhancements in Kerry from December 10th on routes 272, 279 and 279a:

    https://www.transportforireland.ie/news/bus-eireann-announces-improved-services-and-timetables-on-route-272-tralee-to-ballybunion/

    Bus Éireann announces improved services and timetables on Route 272, Tralee to Ballybunion

    1ST DECEMBER 2023

    Bus Éireann, is pleased to announce significantly enhanced services and timetables on Route 272, Tralee to Ballybunion which will come into effect on Sunday, 10 December.

    The significantly enhanced Route 272 is part of the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan, which is a major national public transport initiative developed and funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA) as part of the Transport for Ireland (TFI) Network.

    Route 272 will offer increased frequency throughout the day, providing five daily round trips and expanded hours of operation with an earlier departure from Tralee at 9am and later departure at 9.15pm. The improved service will offer passengers a Sunday service for the first time while also providing increased connectivity with MTU Kerry as well as bus and rail services in Tralee.

    Bus Éireann Route 272 will serve Tralee, MTU South Campus, MTU North Campus, Abbeydorney, Lixnaw, Finuge, Listowel, Lisselton, and Ballybunion.

           “Bus Éireann is delighted to introduce these significant enhancements to Route 272, Tralee to Ballybunion, increasing the daily services to five round trips while providing a Sunday service for the very first time,” said Aled Williams, Bus Éireann, Senior Operations Manager, South. “Thanks to the National Transport Authority, through the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan we have added over 2 million kilometres to our network and have created over 77 new jobs. Demand for our services in the South is higher now than pre-pandemic, passenger numbers nationally are 20-30% higher than they were in 2019, this enhanced service will enable us to connect our growing number of customers with who and what matters to them.”

    “We welcome the service improvements to Bus Éireann Route 272,” said Stephen Fogarty, President of MTU Kerry Students’ Union. “The increased frequency of the services as well as the connectivity to other bus and rail services in Kerry and new weekend services will have such a positive impact for our students, encouraging them to avail of public transport more often”.

    Updated service details and timetables are available at buseireann.ie.

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    https://www.transportforireland.ie/news/bus-eireann-announces-improved-services-and-timetables-on-route-279-tralee-to-killarney/

    Bus Éireann announces improved services and timetables on Route 279, Tralee to Killarney

    1ST DECEMBER 2023

    Bus Éireann, is pleased to announce significantly enhanced services and timetables on Route 279, Tralee to Killarney which will come into effect on Sunday, 10 December.

    The significantly enhanced Route 279 is part of the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan, which is a major national public transport initiative developed and funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA) as part of the Transport for Ireland (TFI) Network.

    Route 279 will now provide a service from Tralee to Killarney, via Killorglin offering increased frequency throughout the daily timetable, with expanded hours of operation including an earlier departure from Tralee at 6am and later departure at 11.05pm. The improved service will provide twelve daily round trips seven days a week, offering passengers connectivity with MTU Tralee as well as rail services in Killarney.

    Bus Éireann Route 279 will serve MTU North Campus, MTU South Campus, Tralee, Castlemaine, Milltown, Killorglin, Beaufort Bridge, Fossa, and Killarney.

    Bus Éireann Route 279A will now provide one return daily service, Monday to Friday between Cahersiveen and Tralee with the first departure from Cahersiveen at 7.30am and the return journey from Tralee at 3.10pm

    Bus Éireann Route 279A will serve Cahersiveen, Kells, Glenbeigh, Killorglin Miltown, Castlemaine, Tralee, MTU and Tralee bus station.

           “Bus Eireann is delighted to introduce these improved services between Tralee and Killarney, significantly increasing the daily services for passengers travelling via Killorglin with twelve daily trips, Monday to Sunday,” said Aled Williams, Bus Éireann, Senior Operations Manager, South. “Thanks to the National Transport Authority, through the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan, customers can be connected along routes including Tralee, Castlemaine, Killorglin, and Killarney with our first weekday departure from Killarney at 5:50am and late departures from Tralee at 11:05pm, this enhanced service will enable us to connect our growing number of customers with who and what matters to them.”

    “We welcome the service improvements to Bus Éireann Route 279, Tralee to Killarney,” said Stephen Fogarty, President of MTU Kerry Students’ Union. “The increased frequency of these services as well as the connectivity to other bus and rail services in Kerry will have such a positive impact for our students, encouraging them to avail of public transport more often”.

    Updated service details and timetables are available at buseireann.ie.



  • Registered Users Posts: 17,541 ✭✭✭✭LXFlyer


    Also, two service expansions from Local Link Waterford from December 11th:

    https://www.transportforireland.ie/news/tfi-local-link-enhances-bus-services-connecting-dungarvan-and-youghal/

    TFI Local Link enhances bus services connecting Dungarvan and Youghal

    1ST DECEMBER 2023

    TFI Local Link Waterford is enhancing bus services from Dungarvan to Youghal, from Monday the 11th of December.

    This enhancement is part of the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan which is a major national public transport initiative developed and funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA) as part of the Transport for Ireland (TFI) Network.

    Route 361 will now operate nine daily return services Monday to Sunday. The route will also offer improved frequency to Dungarvan, An Rinn, Ceann Heilbhic and Youghal.

    It will provide a peak-time and evening service for commuters and will have a new connection from Ardmore to Youghal, as well as connectivity to regional bus services.

    Speaking ahead of the launch, TFI Local Link Waterford General Manger James O’Donoghue said: “This enhancement will now see us connecting through to Youghal as well as increasing the number of daily services from Monday to Sunday.

    “We would encourage our customers to check the new timetable as there are a number of changes to the current timetable and stop locations.

    “We are delighted with the continued development of local transport services under the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan, creating services that, will allow people to consider switching some journeys from private vehicles to the more sustainable TFI public transport network.”

    Additional Information:

    For route and timetable information call (058) 22076 or visit www.locallinkwaterford.ie

    To learn more about the five year Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan visit: www.nationaltransport.ie/connecting-ireland/

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    https://www.transportforireland.ie/news/tfi-local-link-enhances-bus-services-connecting-fermoy-and-dungarvan/

    TFI Local Link enhances bus services connecting Fermoy and Dungarvan

    1ST DECEMBER 2023

    TFI Local Link Waterford is enhancing bus services from Fermoy to Dungarvan, from Monday the 11th of December.

    This enhancement is part of the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan which is a major national public transport initiative developed and funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA) as part of the Transport for Ireland (TFI) Network.

    Route 364 will now operate four daily return services with additional peak time services between Dungarvan and Tallow and Tallow and Fermoy, Monday to Friday, and three return services on Saturday.

    It will also provide a new connection from Fermoy to Dungarvan and improved connectivity to Lismore, Cappoquin, Davitt’s Quay and regional bus services.

    Speaking ahead of the launch, TFI Local Link Waterford General Manger James O’Donoghue said: “We are delighted to announce the extension of this route that will not only see an increase in the number of services between Tallow and Fermoy but also an additional five weekday services on the very busy Tallow to Dungarvan route.

    “We are confident the improved connections will allow more people to use these TFI Local Link services.”

    Additional Information:

    For route and timetable information call (058) 22076 or visit www.locallinkwaterford.ie

    To learn more about the five year Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan visit: www.nationaltransport.ie/connecting-ireland/



  • Registered Users Posts: 17,541 ✭✭✭✭LXFlyer


    Further Bus Éireann, Local Link changes from 17th December, and a co-ordinated change by a commercial operator too.

    First up are changes on the Galway-Clifden corridor:

    https://www.transportforireland.ie/news/nta-and-bus-operators-announce-significant-increase-in-services-for-galway/

    NTA and bus operators announce significant increase in services for Galway

    8TH DECEMBER 2023

    Bus service levels on the Galway to Clifden corridor are to increase by over 30% this month thanks to a new integrated schedule for route 923 operated by Citylink and route 419 operated by Bus Éireann, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has announced.

    The new timetables will provide a combined 12 services per day in each direction between Clifden and Galway and 17 services per day in each direction between Oughterard and Galway, seven days a week.

    These improvements represent a 33% increase in services for Clifden and a 31% increase in services for Oughterard and Moycullen.

    Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan

    An increase in the level of bus services on this corridor is an objective of the NTA’s Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan.

    Bus services will now operate every two hours between Clifden and Galway, increasing to every hour at peak times. Buses will run between Oughterard and Galway every hour during the day, increasing to every half hour at peak times.

    Route 923 and Route 419

    Route 923 is a commercial service that has been operated by Citylink, serving communities in Connemara since 2007.

    Route 419 is a PSO service operated by Bus Éireann under contract with the NTA. Bus services to Leenane and Roundstone, which had been provided by Bus Éireann, will now be secured by Local Link Galway from mid-December.

    Frequent and reliable bus services for local people

    Anne Graham, CEO of the NTA said: “The increase in bus services between Galway and Clifden are significant for the people living along the route and in the greater Connemara area.

    “We have worked with both operators to ensure that the combined timetable is better integrated and offers substantially increased services along the route.

    “This will enable more local people to use a frequent and reliable bus service to get to work, school and healthcare appointments.”

    Route 923, operated by Citylink, will begin its enhanced service from Monday 11th of December and the new timetable for Bus Éireann’s Route 419 will start operation on Sunday 17th of December.

    Additional Information:

    To learn more about the five year Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan visit: www.nationaltransport.ie/connecting-ireland/



  • Registered Users Posts: 17,541 ✭✭✭✭LXFlyer


    Route 423 between Clifden and Westport gets a big increase in frequency:

    https://www.transportforireland.ie/news/bus-eireann-announces-improved-services-and-timetables-on-route-423-clifden-to-westport-via-leenane/

    Bus Éireann announces improved services and timetables on Route 423, Clifden to Westport via Leenane

    7TH DECEMBER 2023

    Bus Éireann, is pleased to announce significantly enhanced services and timetables on Route 423, Clifden to Westport which will come into effect on Sunday, 17 December.

    Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan

    The significantly enhanced Route 423 is part of the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan, which is a major national public transport initiative developed and funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA) as part of the Transport for Ireland (TFI) Network.

    Route 423 will now provide a service from Clifden to Westport, expanding hours of operation to offer double the frequency of round trips, Monday to Sunday.

    Greater connectivity with Clifden and Westport

    The improved service will provide six daily round trips seven days a week, offering passengers greater connectivity with Clifden and Westport, with all services operating out of Westport train station.

    Bus Éireann Route 423 will serve Clifden, Moyard, Letterfrack, Kylemore, Recess Cross, Salruck Cross, Leenane, Cuslough, Knappagh and Westport.

           “Bus Éireann is delighted to introduce these improved services between Clifden and Westport, which will see double the frequency seven days a week. Our updated timetable means a single timetable across all seven days of the week which will enjoy expanded hours of operation. We will be offering early departures of 7.10am from Westport train station and 7.05am from Clifden, and 10.00pm late departures in both directions seven days a week, Monday to Sunday,” said Brian Connolly, Bus Éireann, Senior Operations Manager, West. “Thanks to the National Transport Authority, through the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan, we have added almost 1.8 million kilometres to our network this month, creating over 58 new jobs, this enhanced service will enable us to connect our growing number of customers with who and what matters to them.”

    Positive impact for local communities

    “We are delighted to welcome the service improvements to Bus Éireann Route 423, Clifden to Westport,” said Kenny Deery, CEO of Galway Chamber. “The increased frequency of these services as well as the enhanced hours of operation across the seven days of the week will have a tremendous positive impact for the local communities and businesses that serve them, public transport offers a crucial link for locals and businesses alike to unlock the potential for the region and city as a whole”.

    Additional Information

    Updated service details and timetables are available at buseireann.ie.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,541 ✭✭✭✭LXFlyer


    Route 424 between Galway and Carraroe, Lettermullen and Carna sees an uplift in frequency:

    https://www.transportforireland.ie/news/bus-eireann-announces-improved-services-and-timetables-on-route-424-galway-to-leitir-meallain-via-an-cheathru-rua/

    Bus Éireann announces improved services and timetables on Route 424, Galway to Leitir Mealláin via An Cheathrú Rua

    7TH DECEMBER 2023

    Bus Éireann, is pleased to announce significantly enhanced services and timetables on Route 424, Galway to Leitir Mealláin which will come into effect on Sunday, 17 December.

    Route 424 Galway to Leitir Mealláin

    The significantly enhanced Route 424 is part of the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan, which is a major national public transport initiative developed and funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA) as part of the Transport for Ireland (TFI) Network.

    Route 424, Galway to Leitir Mealláin, will provide a significantly increased service and frequency across the week with expanded hours of operation, Monday to Sunday.

    20 round trips Monday to Saturday

    The enhanced service will provide 20 round trips Monday to Saturday and greater than double the frequency on Sunday with 16 round trips offering passengers greater connectivity with Galway Ceannt Station and Leitir Mealláin.

    Enhanced servies to Galway, Bearna, Na Forbacha, An Spidéal, Indreabhán, Ros an Mhíl, Casla, An Cheathrú Rua, Leitir Mealláin

    Bus Éireann Route 424 will serve Galway, Bearna, Na Forbacha, An Spidéal, Indreabhán, Ros an Mhíl, Casla, An Cheathrú Rua, Leitir Mealláin.

           “Bus Éireann is delighted to introduce these improved services between Galway and Leitir Mealláin which will see significantly improved frequency and expanded hours of operation throughout the week. With early departures beginning at 6.00am in both directions and last departure from Leitir Mealláin at 11.30pm Monday to Saturday. Sundays will see a 6.15am departure from Leitir Mealláin, and final departures of 10.00pm in both directions,” said Brian Connolly, Bus Éireann, Senior Operations Manager, West. “Thanks to the National Transport Authority, through the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan, we have added almost 1.8 million kilometres to our network this month, creating over 58 new jobs, this enhanced service will enable us to connect our growing number of customers with who and what matters to them.”

    “We are delighted to welcome the service improvements to Bus Éireann Route 424, Galway to Leitir Mealláin,” said Kenny Deery, CEO of Galway Chamber. “The increased frequency of these services with improved connectivity to Leitir Mealláin will have a tremendous positive impact for the local communities and businesses that serve them, public transport offers a crucial link for locals and businesses alike to unlock the potential for the region and city as a whole”.

    Updated service details and timetables are available at buseireann.ie .



  • Registered Users Posts: 17,541 ✭✭✭✭LXFlyer


    Route 425A between Galway, Menlough and Mountbellew also gets a frequency uplift and now will operate seven days a week:

    https://www.transportforireland.ie/news/bus-eireann-announces-improved-services-and-timetables-on-route-425a-galway-to-mountbellew/

    Bus Éireann announces improved services and timetables on Route 425A, Galway to Mountbellew

    8TH DECEMBER 2023

    Bus Éireann is pleased to announce significantly enhanced services and timetables on Route 425A, Galway to Mountbellew which will come into effect on Sunday, 17 December.

    Route 425A Enhanced as part of the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan

    The significantly enhanced Route 425A is part of the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan, which is a major national public transport initiative developed and funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA) as part of the Transport for Ireland (TFI) Network.

    New Weekend Service and Expanded Operating Hours

    Route 425A will now provide a service from Galway to Mountbellew, introducing a new weekend service, expanding hours of operation to offer double the frequency of round trips, Monday to Sunday.

    Greater Connectivity with Galway Rail Services

    The improved service will provide four daily round trips seven days a week, offering passengers greater connectivity with Galway Ceannt Station and local services at Mountbellew.

    Positive Impact for Local Communities and Businesses

    Bus Éireann Route 425A will serve Galway, Monivea Road/Bóthar Mhuine Mheá, Cashla, Garbally, Menlough, Glantane, Castleblakney, Caltra and Mountbellew.

           “Bus Eireann is delighted to introduce these improved services between Galway and Mountbellew, which will see double the frequency offering a new weekend service to operate seven days a week, Monday to Sunday,” said Brian Connolly, Bus Éireann, Senior Operations Manager, West. “Thanks to the National Transport Authority, through the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan, we have added almost 1.8 million kilometres to our network this month, creating over 58 new jobs, this enhanced service will enable us to connect our growing number of customers with who and what matters to them.”

    “We are delighted to welcome the service improvements to Bus Éireann Route 425A, Galway to Mountbellew,” said Kenny Deery, CEO of Galway Chamber of Commerce. “The increased frequency of these services as well as the connectivity to other local services in Mountbellew will have a tremendous positive impact for the local communities and businesses that serve them, public transport offers a crucial link for locals and businesses alike to unlock the potential for the region and city as a whole”.

    Updated service details and timetables are available at buseireann.ie.



  • Registered Users Posts: 17,541 ✭✭✭✭LXFlyer


    Route 572 between Ballinamore and Sligo gets an uplift in frequency and expands to a seven day operation.

    https://www.transportforireland.ie/news/tfi-local-link-donegal-sligo-leitrim-enhances-bus-service-from-ballinamore-to-sligo-via-drumshambo/

    TFI Local Link Donegal Sligo Leitrim enhances bus service from Ballinamore to Sligo via Drumshambo

    8TH DECEMBER 2023

    TFI Local Link Donegal Sligo Leitrim is enhancing bus services from Ballinamore to Sligo via Drumshambo from Monday the 18th of December.

    Enhanced Connectivity to Sligo ATU and Sligo University Hospital

    Route 572 will operate up to six daily return services Monday to Saturday with an additional evening service on Friday and Saturday and three daily return services on Sunday. The route will offer enhanced connectivity to villages and areas such as Keadue, Ballyfarnon, Geevagh, Riverstown and Ballygawley.

    The enhanced route will continue to provide peak-time and evening services for commuters and will offer improved connectivity to Sligo ATU Campus and Sligo University Hospital.

    Access to education, employment, health, and recreational opportunities

    Speaking ahead of the launch, TFI Local Link Donegal Sligo Leitrim General Manager, Fiona O’ Shea said: “We are delighted to roll out yet another Connecting Ireland enhanced service in the Sligo/Leitrim area. This service along with the five others rolled out in recent weeks are a testament to the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan and provides improved services to Sligo from each geographical direction.

    “Route 572 will now have increased frequency which will be well received by the local communities along the way. It will open up opportunities for local residents to access education, employment, health, social and recreational opportunities and onward travel from early morning to late evening.”

    For route and timetable information, call 074 9741644 or visit www.locallinkdsl.ie

    To learn more about the five year Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan visit: www.nationaltransport.ie/connecting-ireland/



  • Registered Users Posts: 17,541 ✭✭✭✭LXFlyer


    Four Local Link routes across the Dingle Peninsula will see frequency increases.

    https://www.transportforireland.ie/news/tfi-local-link-kerry-enhances-bus-services-around-corca-dhuibhne-the-dingle-peninsula/

    TFI Local Link Kerry is launching four enhanced bus services, which will increase public transport connectivity around Corca Dhuibhne/ Dingle Peninsula from Monday the 18th of December 2023.

    Four Regular Rural Services (RRS) will all operate seven days a week

    The four Regular Rural Services (RRS) will all operate seven days a week, in what is seen as a major boost in public transport services for the people of Kerry.

    Route 268 improved connectivity for An Fheothanach, Baile na nGall, An Mhuiríoch, An Cuas and Gallarus

    Route 268 will replace the existing TFI Local Link Kerry Route R73 and will operate daily return services Monday to Sunday. The enhanced route will provide improved connectivity to villages and areas such as An Fheothanach, Baile na nGall, An Mhuiríoch, An Cuas and Gallarus.

    Route 276 improved access to Castlemaine, Boolteens, Inch, Annascaul and Lios Póil

    Route 276 will replace the existing TFI Local Link Kerry Route R74 and will operate three daily return services Monday to Sunday. The enhanced route will provide improved connectivity to villages and areas such as Castlemaine, Boolteens, Inch, Annascaul and Lios Póil.

    Enhanced Route 277 for villages and areas of Ceann Trá, Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, Dún Chaoin and the Blasket Centre

    The enhancements to Route 277 will comprise of two bus services, 277A and 277B. The 277A will operate six daily return services Monday to Saturday and four daily return services on Sunday and Public Holidays. The 277B will operate two daily return services, seven days a week and will cover the lower portion of the Slea Head Drive. Both services will provide improved connectivity to the villages and areas of Ceann Trá, Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, Dún Chaoin and the Blasket Centre.

    A welcome development for local people and tourists along Corca Dhuibhne/the Dingle Peninsula

    Speaking ahead of the launch, TFI Local Link General Manager, Alan O’Connell said:

    “The increased service enhancements on Routes 277 & 268 as well as the introduction of a new Route 276 connecting Castlemaine, Inch and Dingle/Daingean Uí Chúis is a welcome development for local people and tourists along Corca Dhuibhne/ Dingle Peninsula. It highlights how we continue to improve sustainable public transport options.

    “In partnership with the NTA, we are committed to continually improving and expanding our services to meet the needs of our customers and we have already seen the success of our current bus services into and out of Dingle/Daingean Uí Chuís. A lot of work has been done with local people and community leaders along Corca Dhuibhne/ Dingle Peninsula to bring these extensions to fruition. 

    “We understand that every journey matters, and with these enhancements, we hope to make those journeys even better.”

    Additional Information

    For route and timetable information, visit www.locallinkkerry.ie

    To learn more about the five year Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan visit: www.nationaltransport.ie/connecting-ireland/



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,117 ✭✭✭p_haugh


    Not sure if it was mentioned here yet, but the new Clonmel town service is now up and running, with route 356 also enhanced as part of this launch. The town service is operated by TFI Local Link Tipperary, with the 356 operated by TFI Local Link Waterford. Not sure if it was all part of the Connected Ireland plan, mind you.

    Interesting to see a minibus in the new TFI Livery, is this the beginning of it being introduced for all Local Link services I wonder?



  • Registered Users Posts: 17,541 ✭✭✭✭LXFlyer


    More Bus Éireann route changes from December 17th:

    First - Routes 360 and 360a - Waterford to Tramore

    https://www.transportforireland.ie/news/nta-and-bus-eireann-announce-investment-in-360-and-360a-bus-services-between-waterford-and-tramore-2/

    NTA and Bus Éireann announce investment in 360 and 360A bus services between Waterford and Tramore

    12TH DECEMBER 2023

    The National Transport Authority (NTA), in partnership with Bus Éireann, is today announcing plans to improve bus services on Routes 360 & 360A between Waterford and Tramore from Sunday the 17th of December 2023.

    • Number of bus departures to more than double on the corridor between Waterford and Tramore
    • More choice to travel and less waiting for passengers
    • Earlier starts and later finishes on the service, meeting demand for travel at these times
    • New two-way alignment in Tramore to replace existing one-way loop, making the service more useful for those taking local journeys within the town itself 

    The proposed changes are being introduced in response to an increase in demand for public transport, the population growth in the area and the regular requests to enhance and improve bus services locally.

    The new plans include more frequent bus services, a more useful local bus service within Tramore and overall a more reliable and punctual service between Waterford City and Tramore.

    Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan

    Improving the level of service on this corridor is an objective of the NTA’s Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan.

    The enhanced Bus Éireann Route 360 will provide buses between Tramore and Waterford Bus Station every 20 minutes during the day – an increased frequency of almost 80% on current services. Buses on this route will operate every 30 minutes in the evening, doubling today’s evening service. Route 360 services will start earlier in the morning, offering passengers the choice to travel onward by train from Waterford to Dublin.

    The number of services operating on Route 360A will increase significantly, with buses operating every hour from 7am to 7pm, seven days a week, making it a substantial daylong service.

    Speaking at the launch in Tramore, Anne Graham CEO of the NTA said:  “The enhancements to these routes are significant and will positively impact the lives of people in Tramore who will use these bus services to travel locally around town or into the city and beyond.

    “We are connecting more people with more places and the improvements to these routes represent one of the most significant enhancements under the Connecting Ireland programme this year.”

    Enhanced connectivity across the country


    Stephen Kent, CEO of Bus Éireann said: “We at Bus Éireann are delighted to introduce these new and improved services from Sunday 17th December, significantly increasing public transport between Waterford and Tramore. Thanks to the National Transport Authority, through the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan we have added almost 1.8 million kilometres to our network this month, creating over 58 new jobs. Demand for our services is higher now than pre-pandemic, and these new routes and services enable us to connect more people with who and what matters to them. We will continue to work together with the NTA to enhance connectivity across the country, delivering an affordable, reliable and sustainable bus service for communities throughout Ireland.”

    Route 360 and Route 360A

    Route 360 will operate its existing route to the Riverstown Roundabout in Tramore and will then operate in both directions along Lower Branch Road, Tramore Bus Station, Church Road, Newtown Hill, Tramore Ring Road to Crobally Heights.

    Route 360A in Tramore will operate in both directions via Riverstown Business Park, Riverstown Road, Lower Branch Road, Tramore Bus Station, Church Road, Priests’ Road, Summerhill, and Tramore Ring Road to Crobally Heights. This service into and out of Waterford City will be routed along Kilbarry Road, serving new estates along this road. A new stop will be provided to facilitate access in each direction to the SETU Cork Road campus at the Old Crystal Factory in Waterford.

    Existing passengers who use stops between the Butlerstown Roundabout and SETU are now advised to change services onto Bus Éireann’s W1 or Route 354 to complete their journey.

    Additional Information

    For further information and timetables check out Bus Éireann’s website: https://www.buseireann.ie/



  • Registered Users Posts: 17,541 ✭✭✭✭LXFlyer


    Next is Route 458 in Sligo

    https://www.transportforireland.ie/news/bus-eireann-announces-improved-services-and-timetables-on-route-458-ballina-to-enniskillen/

    Bus Éireann announces improved services and timetables on Route 458, Ballina to Enniskillen

    12TH DECEMBER 2023

    Bus Éireann, is pleased to announce significantly enhanced services and timetables on Route 458, Ballina to Enniskillen which will come into effect on Sunday, 17th December.

    Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan

    The significantly enhanced Route 458 is part of the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan, which is a major national public transport initiative developed and funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA) as part of the Transport for Ireland (TFI) Network.

    Improved Connectivity with ATU Sligo

    Route 458 will offer increased frequency throughout the day, providing eight daily round trips Monday to Saturday and expanded hours of operation with an earlier and later departure from Sligo. The improved service will offer passengers seven return trips on a Sunday while providing increased connectivity with ATU Sligo.

    Bus Éireann Route 458 will serve Enniskillen, Letterbreen, Belcoo, Blacklion, Loughtan House, Glenfarne, Big Bog Cross, Blackpark Cross, Manorhamilton, Shanvas Cross, Glencar Cross, ATU Sligo, Sligo, Sligo Bus station, Ballrdrohid, Ballissodare, Beltra, Dromard, Skreen, Farniharpy, Templeboy, Dunowla Cross, Domore West, Killeenduff, Easkey, Finod Bridge, Rathlee, Quigabar School, Kilglass, Enniscrone, Howley’s Cross, Harrisons Cross, Creggs Road Cross and Ballina.

    The 458 will be rerouted from Sunday 17th of December along the N4 between Sligo Bus Station and Ballrdrohid to improve journey times and reliability and will no longer serve the Sligo Garda Station and Sligo Park Hotel stops.

    Higher Demand For Services Leading to Increased Job Creation

           “Bus Éireann is delighted to introduce these significant enhancements to Route 458, Ballina to Enniskillen, increasing the daily service to eight round trips Monday to Saturday and eight round trips on a Sunday,” said Brian Connolly, Bus Éireann, Senior Operations Manager, West. “Thanks to the National Transport Authority, through the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan, we have added almost 1.8 million kilometres to our network this month, creating over 58 new jobs. Demand for our services in the West is higher now than pre-pandemic, passenger numbers nationally are 20-30% higher than they were in 2019, this enhanced service will enable us to connect our growing number of customers with who and what matters to them.”

    Updated service details and timetables are available at buseireann.ie.



  • Registered Users Posts: 17,541 ✭✭✭✭LXFlyer


    Finally Route S2

    https://www.transportforireland.ie/news/bus-eireann-announces-improved-services-and-timetables-on-route-s2-strandhill-to-rosses-point/

    Bus Éireann announces improved services and timetables on Route S2, Strandhill to Rosses Point

    12TH DECEMBER 2023

    Bus Éireann, is pleased to announce significantly enhanced services and timetables on Route S2, Strandhill to Rosses Point which will come into effect on Sunday, 17th December.

    Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan

    The significantly enhanced Route S2 is part of the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan, which is a major national public transport initiative developed and funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA) as part of the Transport for Ireland (TFI) Network.

    Doubling the current route frequency

    Route S2, Strandhill to Rosses Point will offer passengers double the current route frequency, providing thirty one daily round trips Monday to Friday, with twenty nine return trips on a Saturday and twenty six on a Sunday. The improved route offers expanded hours of service which will operate every 30 minutes Monday to Friday. The enhanced service will provide passengers with increased connectivity with ATU Sligo, Sligo University Hospital and rail services.

    Bus Éireann Route S2 will serve Strandhill, Buenos Ayres Drive, Kilbrone Drive, Mannionstown, Sligo GAA, Second Sea Road, Sea Road, Strandhill Road, Sligo, Connaughton Road, Sligo University Hospital, ATU Sligo, Clarion Road, Ballytivnan Road, Rosses Point Road, Balllincar, Creggs Corner and Rosses Point.

    New stops added on Buenos Ayres Drive and near Kilbrone Drive

    The S2 will be rerouted in the Strandhill area to operate in both directions via Buenos Ayres Drive. The existing stop on Burmah Road towards Sligo & Rosses Point will no longer be served, with new stops added on Buenos Ayres Drive and near Kilbrone Drive.

    Enhanced routes creating over 58 new jobs

           “Bus Éireann is delighted to introduce these significant enhancements to Route S2, Strandhill to Rosses Point, doubling the daily services for our passengers Monday to Sunday, providing expanded hours of operation across the route,” said Brian Connolly, Bus Éireann, Senior Operations Manager, West. “Thanks to the National Transport Authority, through the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan, we have added almost 1.8 million kilometres to our network this month, creating over 58 new jobs. Demand for our services in the West is higher now than pre-pandemic, passenger numbers nationally are 20-30% higher than they were in 2019, this enhanced service will enable us to connect our growing number of customers with who and what matters to them.” 

    Additional Information

    Updated service details and timetables are available at buseireann.ie.



  • Registered Users Posts: 17,541 ✭✭✭✭LXFlyer


    Additional services added at weekends on Local Link Route 292 from January 4th:

    https://www.transportforireland.ie/news/tfi-local-link-donegal-sligo-leitrim-enhances-bus-service-from-donegal-town-to-ballyshannon/

    TFI Local Link Donegal Sligo Leitrim enhances bus service from Donegal Town to Ballyshannon

    18TH DECEMBER 2023

    TFI Local Link Donegal Sligo Leitrim is enhancing bus services from Donegal Town to Ballyshannon from Thursday the 4th of January 2024.

    Serving areas such as Ballyshannon, Rossnowlagh, Ballintra, Laghey and Donegal Town

    Route 292 will operate up to six daily return services Monday to Thursday and eight daily return services Friday to Sunday. The route will offer enhanced connectivity to villages and areas such as Ballyshannon, Rossnowlagh, Ballintra, Laghey and Donegal Town.

    The enhanced route will continue to provide new peak-time and evening services for commuters from Friday to Sunday and a new morning service on Sunday, as well as connectivity to regional bus services.

    Increased frequency at the weekend

    Speaking ahead of the launch, TFI Local Link Donegal Sligo Leitrim General Manager, Fiona O’ Shea said: “We are delighted to roll out this enhanced service in South Donegal, under the NTA’s Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan.

    “Route 292, which has been in operation for a number of years, will now have increased frequency at the weekend with evening services on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, which will be well received by the local communities along the route.

    “This service continues to provide opportunities for local residents to access education, employment, health, social and recreational opportunities and onward travel from early morning to late evening.”

    Additional Information

    For route and timetable information, call 074 9741644 or visit www.locallinkdsl.ie

    To learn more about the five year Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan visit: www.nationaltransport.ie/connecting-ireland/



  • Registered Users Posts: 17,541 ✭✭✭✭LXFlyer


    https://www.transportforireland.ie/news/connecting-ireland-milestone-as-busiest-month-of-bus-service-launches-recorded/

    Connecting Ireland milestone as busiest month of bus service launches recorded

    19TH DECEMBER 2023

    • NTA launches 20 new and enhanced bus routes nationwide this month
    • 3 million annual additional kilometres added to the public transport network

    Connecting Ireland Programme significant milestone

    The Connecting Ireland Programme of new and enhanced bus routes, designed and implemented by the National Transport Authority (NTA), has reached a significant milestone.

    This year over 60 new and enhanced Connecting Ireland bus services have been launched, strengthening existing services and connecting more towns and townlands across the state.

    December – the largest number of services launched

    The programme has been rolling out bus services over the past two years. But the largest number of services to launch, making it the busiest ever Connecting Ireland period, occurred during the month of December this year. Twenty new and enhanced bus services were implemented, connecting towns and villages in Counties Galway, Mayo, Waterford, Kerry, Sligo and Cavan.

    These latest services have added an estimated 2.3 million kilometres annually to the Transport for Ireland (TFI) public transport network, giving many people an opportunity to travel, and giving others the choice to travel more sustainably and leave the car at home.

    2.3 million kilometres added to TFI public transport network

    The Galway to Clifden corridor, served by Route 923 operated by Citylink in partnership with Bus Éireann providing services on Route 419, will see a 33% increase in services for Clifden and a 31% increase in services for Oughterard with 12 services per day in each direction between Clifden and Galway and 17 services per day between Oughterard and Galway.

    The number of services on Route 423 from Clifden to Westport have doubled from three daily returns to six daily returns Monday to Sunday, including public holidays.

    Route 424 operating between Leitir Mealláin and Galway sees a significant enhancement to the frequency of services, with 19 return trips between Galway and An Cheathrú Rua.

    Services on Route 425A from Galway to Mountbellew also doubled to four daily return services Monday to Friday.

    Routes 360 and 360A in Tramore, Co. Waterford are now more frequent, also providing a more useful local bus service within the town of Tramore, and a more reliable and punctual service between Waterford City and Tramore. The enhanced Bus Éireann Route 360 will provide buses between Tramore and Waterford Bus Station every 20 minutes during the day – an increase of 141% on current services.


    Route 272 operating from Tralee to Ballybunion in Co. Kerry is enhanced to five trips each day Monday to Friday, while Route 279 from Tralee to Killarney is extended to Killarney from Kilorglin, with a significant increase in frequency to 11 return trips Monday to Saturday.

    The C2 and C3 routes in Co. Cavan, operated by Local Link Cavan/Monaghan, are also extended and offer additional evening and weekend services.

    Route 322 from Portumna, Co. Galway to Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, operated by Local Link Tipperary, creates a new route with four return trips Monday to Saturday and three return trips on Sunday.

    Commenting on the milestone, Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan, said: “Rural transport in Ireland is taking off. We can see that Connecting Ireland is already having a really positive impact on rural communities across Ireland. New towns are being connected every month and many more people now have the choice to travel by bus to work, appointments, college and to attend social and leisure activities. What I see is young people particularly using the services which is fantastic. It’s also proving to be a lifeline for older people who can now get into their local towns easier and more frequently.

    “Improving rural transport continues to be one of my key priorities and it’s great that we are delivering on this, week after week. And people are responding with their feet. As we introduce more new services more people than ever are choosing to use public transport with numbers increasing by over 112% in recent years.

    “Our public transport network is now more convenient, it’s more accessible and more frequent than it’s ever been and people are telling us that this is what they want.”

    Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority said: “The NTA’s aim under the Connecting Ireland Programme is to identify rural areas which require additional bus services.

    “This is the second year of a five year programme and already it has been a huge success. Passenger numbers show us that people want to use public transport and they immediately use services when implemented in their towns and villages around Ireland.

    In 2022, Connecting Ireland delivered 38 new and enhanced bus services nationwide, bringing new bus services to 67 additional towns. This year the programme surpassed those statistics.

    The new and enhanced bus services could not have been delivered without the fantastic support of our 15 Local Link offices around the country and Bus Éireann.

    Additional Information

    For more information about the five year Connecting Ireland programme see: www.nationaltransport.ie/connecting-ireland/




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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,541 ✭✭✭✭LXFlyer


    2024 starts off with a new route and a service enhancement:

    First up is new route 189 between Enfield, Trim and Navan.

    https://www.transportforireland.ie/news/tfi-local-link-louth-meath-fingal-launches-bus-service-from-enfield-to-navan/

    TFI Local Link Louth Meath Fingal launches bus service from Enfield to Navan

    19TH JANUARY 2024

    Route 189 from Enfield to Navan launching Monday 29th January

    TFI Local Link Louth Meath Fingal is launching bus services from Enfield to Navan, from Monday the 29th of January.

    Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan

    This new route is part of the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan which is a major national public transport initiative developed and funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA) as part of the Transport for Ireland (TFI) Network.

    New Sunday service provides enhanced connectivity

    Route 189 will replace routes 115L and 115d and will operate five daily return services between Enfield and Navan, Monday to Sunday, as well as three additional daily return services between Longwood and Enfield, Monday to Friday.

    Along with a new Sunday service, the route will provide morning and evening services for commuters enhancing connectivity to Dunderry, Robinstown and Our Lady’s Hospital Navan.

    Greater connections from areas such as Longwood, Trim, Dunderry and Robinstown to Navan and Enfield

    Speaking ahead of the launch, TFI Local Link Louth Meath Fingal Acting Manager, Deirdre Murtagh said: “We are delighted to introduce this new service, route 189 from Enfield to Navan, which will allow passengers to have greater connections from areas such as Longwood, Trim, Dunderry and Robinstown to Navan and Enfield. 

    “Route 189 will also allow passengers to connect with health appointments with stops at the Primary Care Centre in Trim and Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan.

    “This new route will be transformative and have a fundamental impact on the health and wellbeing of people in the community.”

    Additional Information:

    For route and timetable information call (046) 907 4830 or visit www.locallinklmf.ie

    To learn more about the five year Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan visit: www.nationaltransport.ie/connecting-ireland/



  • Registered Users Posts: 17,541 ✭✭✭✭LXFlyer


    Next up is the enhancement of the Naas to Carlow service:

    https://www.transportforireland.ie/news/tfi-local-link-kildare-south-dublin-enhances-bus-service-from-naas-to-carlow/

    TFI Local Link Kildare South Dublin enhances bus service from Naas to Carlow

    19TH JANUARY 2024

    Enhanced bus route 880 launching Monday 29th of January

    TFI Local Link Kildare South Dublin is enhancing bus services from Naas to Carlow, from Monday the 29th of January.

    Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan

    This enhancement is part of the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan which is a major national public transport initiative developed and funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA) as part of the Transport for Ireland (TFI) Network.

    Enhanced connectivity to Castledermot, Moone, Timolin, Balitore, Carrig Glen, Ballyshannon, Kilcullen, Two Mile House and Killashee

    Route 880 will now operate seven daily return services Monday to Saturday and five daily return services on Sunday with a late evening return service on Friday and Saturday. The route will offer enhanced connectivity to villages and areas such as Castledermot, Moone, Timolin, Balitore, Carrig Glen, Ballyshannon, Kilcullen, Two Mile House and Killashee.

    The route will also provide an enhanced commuter service to and from Carlow and will offer improved connectivity to Naas Hospital and regional bus and rail services.

    Positive enhancements to Route 880

    Speaking ahead of the launch, TFI Local Link Kildare South Dublin General Manager Alan Kerry, said: “We are confident the enhanced route 880 will offer a real and tangible alternative to private car dependency for those people resident along the route.

    “In partnership with the NTA, we have planned the timetable to offer connectivity to local train services, along with peak time arrivals into both Carlow and Naas to accommodate employment and education needs along with evening and weekend schedules to provide people with sustainable access to their social activities. Along with recent reductions in public transport fares and the expansion of the Young Adult Card for those up to the age of 25, we are hopeful that the route will provide an additional catalyst to allow people to adopt public transport usage as part of their daily lives in rural Kildare.

    “The success of local bus services is dependent on usage and I’d encouraged local communities to spread the news about the positive enhancements added to our route 880 service.”

    Additional Information

    For route and timetable information visit locallinkkildaresouthdublin.ie or call (045) 980281

    To learn more about the five year Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan visit: www.nationaltransport.ie/connecting-ireland/



  • Registered Users Posts: 195 ✭✭Repo101


    Details on the extended short hop zone is to be announced tomorrow to expand to towns in Kildare, Meath and Louth within 50km of Dublin City Centre. The NTA were supposed to announce the changes weeks ago but the publishment of the report has been delayed several times. There has been next to no speculation about the proposed fare changes that will likely increase prices for the current short-hop zone in order to reduce the fare discrepancies between the likes of Newbridge and Sallins etc.

    Currently it's €16.90 return from Newbridge to Heuston but only €6 from Sallins on the same route, which has resulted in an additional car park in Sallins to accommodate all of the new people commuting from that point since the introduction of the SHZ.

    Surely a better system would be to integrate the leap card across the network to encourage rail travel with ancillary and integrated ticketing on public transport instead of just expanding to a handful of towns?



  • Registered Users Posts: 336 ✭✭Tomrota


    I’ve been talking about this for over a decade. People keep talking about so many different ways to get people onto public transport- a fare system that is neither equitable nor makes any sense is probably the biggest barrier to public transport usage.

    Thankfully they brought the 90 minute fare in on Dublin Bus, commuter rail and Lúas. The evidence is clear that this has had a huge effect in bringing more people onto public transport.

    In the GDA, we have a very strange fare determination where it is determined by operator. If your area has Dublin bus, you will automatically benefit from a string of benefits. If your area doesn’t have Dublin bus, then you’re screwed.

    During college living in Naas, I had to pay 3x/4x the amount of my peers (for a much much worse service by the way) who were commuting from equal or further distances just because they had Dublin bus in their area. It’s the same commuting to work. This is what inspired me to get a drivers licence and a car. It’s the same for most people in Naas.

    I’m hoping this will finally lead to an equitable fare system that is actually based on distance. I hope it is well thought out and encapsulates the entire greater Dublin region because it is absolutely disgusting what some people are paying, like the fares from Newbridge.



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,438 ✭✭✭Charles Babbage


    The rural bus services are one of few good things the Greens have done. These need a bus and perhaps an ongoing subsidy, but not much capital investment. In the urban areas you can fiddle around with buses, but the big need to investment for more rail capacity and we have not seen much real progress on that. You also need things like park and rides, but the fundamentalists greens will not support these because part of the journey is by car.



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,116 ✭✭✭pad199207


    Just as long as the suburban towns in the SHZ such as Celbridge, Leixlip, Naas and Maynooth don’t see any price increases in this new announcement that’s grand.



  • Registered Users Posts: 14,723 ✭✭✭✭loyatemu


    they're planning P&R on all main routes into Dublin - the first few will be on the N11 and they were out for consultation recently.

    The lack of rail projects is largely down to planning delays; Metro and Dart+ are with ABP now.



  • Registered Users Posts: 17,541 ✭✭✭✭LXFlyer


    Next up is an enhancement to route 192, which currently runs from Balbriggan to Stamullen via Gormanston and will now extend from Stamullen to Swords.

    https://www.transportforireland.ie/news/tfi-local-link-louth-meath-fingal-enhances-route-from-balbriggan-to-swords/

    TFI Local Link Louth Meath Fingal enhances route from Balbriggan to Swords

    9TH FEBRUARY 2024

    TFI Local Link Louth Meath Fingal is enhancing bus services from Balbriggan to Swords from Monday the 19th of February.

    Serving Stamullen, Naul, Oldtown, Ballyboughal, and Gormanstown

    Route 192 will be extended to Swords and will be the first public transport service to connect Stamullen, Naul, Oldtown and Ballyboughal. The route will continue to serve Gormanstown.

    Additionally, the enhanced route will see an increase in frequency and will now operate ten daily return services Monday to Sunday. It will also offer improved connectivity to regional bus and rail services in Balbriggan and regional bus services in Swords, facilitating onward travel to Dublin Airport.

    Increased frequency and capacity

    Speaking ahead of the launch, TFI Local Link Louth Meath Fingal, Acting Manager, Deirdre Murtagh said: “We are delighted to introduce this enhanced and extended service, route 192 Balbriggan to Swords, formally the Stamullen to Balbriggan route.

    “Our enhanced service will offer increased frequency and capacity, with optimized schedules running seven days a week. We are committed to serving the transportation needs of our community, while also being sustainable and environmentally responsible to help to minimize our carbon footprint.”

    Additional Information

    For route and timetable information call (046) 907 4830 or visit www.locallinklmf.ie

    To learn more about the five year Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan visit: www.nationaltransport.ie/connecting-ireland/



  • Registered Users Posts: 24,323 ✭✭✭✭breezy1985




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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,541 ✭✭✭✭LXFlyer


    Returning to the Connecting Ireland project, next up are changes to services linking Drogheda with Brú na Bóinne.

    https://www.transportforireland.ie/news/tfi-local-link-louth-meath-fingal-launches-new-bus-service-from-drogheda-to-bru-na-boinne-via-battle-of-the-boyne-visitor-centre/

    TFI Local Link Louth Meath Fingal launches new bus service from Drogheda to Brú na Bóinne via Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre

    16TH FEBRUARY 2024

    TFI Local Link Louth Meath Fingal is launching a new bus service from Drogheda to Brú na Bóinne via the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, from Monday the 26th of February.

    Route 163 will replace Route 188 from Drogehda to Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre

    Route 163 will replace the existing Route 188 service between Drogheda and Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre and will operate five daily return services Monday to Sunday. This new route will provide access to both Brú na Bóinne and the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centres.  Route 188 will now run direct from Donore into Drogheda and as a result, TFI Local Link Louth Meath Fingal, will operate Route 163 to areas previously served by Route 188.

    The new route will also provide peak-time services for commuters and will provide enhanced connectivity to St. Mary‘s Hospital, regional bus services in Drogheda as well as connectivity to regional rail services at Drogheda McBride Railway Station.

    Capacity challenges will be resolved due to enhanced service

    Speaking ahead of the launch, TFI Local Link Louth Meath Fingal Acting Manager, Deirdre Murtaugh said: “We are delighted to launch Route 163, following the success of our 188 service between Donore and Drogheda. Our passengers used that route in large numbers which resulted in capacity challenges, which will now be resolved due to the enhanced services.

    “Route 188 will interchange with Route 163 which will allow passengers from Athboy and the Navan side to still have access to the Brú na Bóinne and Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centres and will give passengers connectivity to St Mary’s Hospital and Drogheda Railway station.”

    Additional Information:

    For route and timetable information call (046) 907 4830 or visit www.locallinklmf.ie

    To learn more about the five year Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan visit: www.nationaltransport.ie/connecting-ireland/



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