Councillor Michelle Hall.
The National Transport Authority has confirmed to Councillor Michelle Hall that the long-promised improvements to the 189 and 168 bus routes from Drogheda to Clogherhead and Grangebellew will be implemented thanks to the July Stimulus funding.
Cllr Hall, who with Ged Nash TD petitioned and campaigned for the changes in 2019 has welcomed the news,
“This funding is very welcome and badly needed to improve what is arguably one of the worst public bus service routes in Louth” Councillor Hall said.
“It has been extremely frustrating that it has taken this long just to get the funding and I have emphasised in my communication that both the NTA and Bus Eireann need to work together quickly to rollout the new route.
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“Restrictions on the numbers allowed on public transport (due to Covid-19) has made travel even more difficult for locals hence the need to expedite the implementation.”
The new service will include early morning buses for commuters to transfer to other public transport services, Sunday and Public Holiday buses and the route will now go through to Dundalk for the first time.
Below is the statement Cllr Hall received from the NTA:
“The Government's July Jobs Stimulus includes funding for the planning, design and introduction of new and expanded local bus services across the country.
As a result the NTA intends to progress with Bus Éireann the implementation of changes and improvements to Bus Éireann Routes 189 and 168. The NTA will be engaging with Bus Éireann in order to progress the formal arrangements under its public service contract.
However, we are not in a position at this time to confirm a specific time for the implementation of any services due to the current circumstances and future impact on public transport services of the Covid-19 emergency.”
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