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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Barndarrig bus service to resume

TD hopeful of 12 buses a day

Published 06/03/2013 | 05:22

Billy Timmins TD of Fine Gael
Billy Timmins TD of Fine Gael

Deputy Billy Timmins is hopeful that up to 12 buses per day will service Barndarrig and surrounding areas once an application lodged by Bus Eireann is accepted by the National Transport Authority.

The Fine Gael TD met with local residents who started up a petition demanding Bus Eireann once again start servicing stops at Lil Doyles, the Beehive and Jack Whites. These stops were discontinued last December after the transport provider revised its timetable.

Deputy Timmins is confident that some of the services will be resumed.

'I have been in regular contact with Bus Eireann over this issue and a decision is imminent . I am confident the service will meet the needs of the people. There are meant to be three buses already serving the area, but this is disputed locally. I am hopeful up to 12 buses will service the area once the amended service is in operation.'

Regular users of the Expressway Corridor were angered by the fact that no public consultation took place before the stops were discontinued. The changes meant students attending UCD or Waterford IT had to make other arrangements in order to attend college.

It was also felt that discontinuing the stops would inconvenience tourists visiting Brittas Bay and other popular destinations.

At February's Wicklow Town Council meeting held at the beginning of the month, Adrian O'Loughlin, Services Manager for the Eastern Region, Bus Eireann, stated that plans were underway to start resuming some of the stops along the Expressway Corridor. Firstly, an application had to be resubmitted to the NTA.

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