School students at the bus stop beside the entrance tp Brookside.
East Meath Councillor, Sharon Tolan (FG), has welcomed the news from Bus Éireann that a new ticketing software system is to be introduced for bus services around the country.
The news came during a briefing by Bus Éireann CEO Stephen Kent at yesterday's meeting of Meath County Council.
Tolan raised the issues of long delays and traffic congestion caused on the Coast Road by students using the new and improved bus service in the Laytown-Bettystown area at school closure times.
"Up to 50 or 60 students are now using the public bus service, which is great that parents are off the road, however, it is causing huge delays at 3.45/3.50pm as it is taking so long for the driver to process the LEAP cards” Tolan said.
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“I am delighted that this is being addressed by Bus Éireann with the introduction of new ticketing software that will speed up the process.
“It is just not acceptable for traffic to have to wait 15 minutes behind a bus, or passengers to spend 15/20 minutes trying to get on the bus because of software that is not fit for purpose.
“I am looking forward to the new software being introduced before the end of the year."