Improvements Coming For Local Bus Services
Following meetings between local councillors and Bus Éireann regional management, and local TD’s consultations with the NTA, it has been announced that buses between Ballincollig and Carrigaline will depart every 15 minutes as part of a series of changes which will be implemented to improve local bus services.
Following a significant deterioration in local bus services in recent months, which led to widespread complaints from commuters, local politicians have been lobbying strongly for action to be taken.
The plans for later this year are broadly as follows: Route 220 will increase in frequency to every 15 minutes from 07:00 to 19:00. There will be earlier and later departures and increased evening, Saturday, Sunday services. In addition, the 220 route will be extended to the Carrigaline Primary Health Care Centre with more services to Crosshaven and Camden.
As part of the overall review of services along the Ballincollig – City Centre – Carrigaline Corridor – local connectivity to and from Carrigaline will be improved. This will include connecting locations such as Passage West, Monkstown and Ringaskiddy to Carrigaline which will facilitate customers travelling for work, retail, educational and medical reasons, including to the Carrigaline Primary Care Centre. The operation of this service through the Waterpark area of Carrigaline is actively being examined by the National Transport Authority.
There will also be changes to Routes 216, 223 and 220X and these will improve connectivity. Route 223 will be adjusted to offer an improved frequency of services between Douglas Village, Passage West, Monkstown, Ringaskiddy and Carrigaline and will operate to the Carrigaline Primary Care Centre.
Ballygarvan too will see a bus service following months of lobbying led by Cllr Aidan Lombard. It is planned to have a route including Carrigaline, Ballygarvan, Cork Airport and the Airport Business Park.
Bus Éireann will be taking delivery of additional buses later this year and is recruiting drivers at present. It is hoped that the company will be in a position to implement all of the above service improvements by September.
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