Wexford Bus continues to be 'company of firsts'
Published 18/02/2014 | 05:34
FAMILY-OWNED Wexford Bus – formerly known as Shuttlebus – was established in 1996.
Since then the company has developed a network of local routes in the Wexford area serving villages in the south of the county as well as urban services around Wexford Town and the flagship intercity express service between Wexford and Dublin Airport, also calling on Dublin City. It all adds up to more than 350,000 passengers per year.
Since launching the Airport Express service in 2007, the Wexford Bus team has grown from three to 30. Founder Brendan Crowley has assumed more of a strategic role in the business, leaving the day-to-day operation to be managed by his wife Lorene, transport manager Tony Crean and business development manager Amy Pettitt.
Together, they offer many years of experience from different fields comprising a very progressive management team working with a dedicated and very professional panel of drivers. Support services are contactable by the public on a 24/7 basis providing passenger information. Wexford Bus also has its own state-of-the-art maintenance facility, approved by the RSA.
'We like to think of Wexford Bus as a company of firsts,' says Brendan Crowley proudly. 'We were the first company to offer free WiFi on all of our fleet. Our unique Wexford Bus smart phone app provides our customers with up to the minute information, including live positioning.
'We were chosen by the National Transportation Authority as one of two pilot companies to test integrated ticketing technology now known to most as the Leapcard. To-date, Wexford Bus is the first and currently the only company operating intercity services to and from Dublin City using this modern technology across its fleet and accepting the Leapcard.'
He confirmed that, in consultation with the National Transportation Authority and Wexford Borough Council, Wexford Bus plans a revamp of town services. The new service will be branded as 'Wexford Bus Connect'. Features will include a longer working day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The services will operate along a main corridor from Clonard to Drinagh via Redmond Square and the Quays. The new and more direct routes will result in shorter journey times, averaging less than 10 minutes to and from the town centre.
The new routes will also extend the service into areas such as Clonard Village, Clonard Great, Whiterock, Mulgannon, Kerlogue and Drinagh. There will also be new improved bus stop and waiting areas in the town centre.
Using a fleet of modern, low-floor, wheelchair accessible buses, Wexford Bus Connect will be an affordable transport network connecting people with education, employment, healthcare, commercial and entertainment venues. The vehicles will be equipped with the latest smart ticketing equipment, making Wexford the first town or city outside Dublin where you may travel using the Leapcard. Yes, this will be another first for Wexford Bus and a first for Wexford Town.
The use of Leapcard technology we will allow 'fare capping', which means that passengers with the card may avail of maximum daily and weekly fares: 'We expect this type of product to be popular with workers, teenagers and younger people,' forecast Brendan Crowley, 'giving them the freedom to make multiple journeys and switch between buses without incurring an extra fare each time.'