Demonstration held as Enniskerry unhappy with 185 bus service
Residents of Enniskerry held a demonstration in the village last Thursday afternoon, expressing their dissatisfaction at the service provided by GoAhead since they took over the 185 route last October.
'Our concerns relate to the number of buses that are available to GA to provide an effective service and the standard of training staff are receiving,' said the group 'Keep Enniskerry Connected' in a statement. 'These concerns have been raised several times with Go Ahead.
The local group said that, according to their observations, the 185 service has declined rapidly with up to 25 per cent of buses not turning up in a single day, leaving commuters waiting for a bus, in some cases, for three hours.
'As a result, commuters have been late for work, school or college, missed medical appointments, missed onward travel connections and our older and disabled community members have been left stranded,' said the group.
The 185 travels through Palermo, where local election candidate Chris Walsh said the service is 'causing havoc'.
Walsh said that something needs to be done for the bus service to continue to operate without incident.
'I was canvassing in the area, when a 185 bus was driving down St Peter's Road and clipped the side of a car, damaging the bumper,' said the Fianna Fáil candidate. While this was happening, I was speaking to a resident who informed me that this was the second day in a row that a car had been damaged by a bus. The day before, the driver had failed to stop. This is completely unacceptable,' he said.
'This route is vital for the residents in the area to do their shopping and other daily tasks. I have written to Go Ahead asking for their opinion on what can be done and have also written to the council to see if they can widen the road. There is a grass verge by the wall which would add approximately one meter to the width of the road,' he said.
Keep Enniskerry Connected has also written to Go Ahead, the NTA, and the Minister for Transport Shane Ross, who also lives in Enniskerry. A Go Ahead spokesman said that their drivers are trained to the highest standard and that they have an excellent punctuality record. They said that they were not invited to the public meeting in Enniskerry.