Senator Ged Nash.
Senator Ged Nash has said he is concerned over delays in the new D4 and D5 Drogheda town Bus Eireann routes coming on stream.
“A commitment was secured from the National Transport Authority earlier this year that new services (D4 & D5) would be introduced linking areas like Grange Rath, the Dublin Road estates, Aston Village and Termon Abbey with the train station, the town centre and the Lourdes Hospital” Nash said.
“It was my expectation that these important services designed to get people out of their cars and on to public transport would be up and running by the end of the year. The NTA has confirmed to me that this timeline will not be met.”
In response to enquiries from Senator Nash, the NTA said:
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“With regard to Routes D4 and D5 in Drogheda, the NTA has undertaken a further consideration of the proposals for these new routes. This is now complete and the NTA has asked Bus Éireann to fully build the timetable to include stops and intermediate running times.
“Once this is complete, Bus Éireann will formally submit these proposals to the NTA for approval. However, this is unlikely to be completed before the end of the year.”
Senator Nash said: “These new and badly needed services are very welcome, and I am pleased that work is ongoing in relation to the timetable and the locations for bus stops.
“However, I am disappointed that the services will not now be up and running before the end of the year.
“It is crucial that these services to support commuters and all citizens are up and running as early as possible in the New Year.”