Tuesday 20 March 2018

Moynihan still concerned over Route 40 bus service

Cork North West TD, Aindrias Moynihan has said that he is deeply concerned about the future of the route 40 bus route which runs from Cork City to Tralee, via Macroom and Ballyvourney.

"Earlier this year, I received a response from the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross that there were currently no plans to change, or amend, this important route," he said this week.

"At the time, I welcomed the commitment but questioned how long this promise would be kept in light of the dire financial situation of Bus Éireann.

"Minister Ross in his reply stated: 'our services are kept under regular review and are subject to change in response to the competitive environment, changing customer needs and changes to the existing road network'. This clause is of major concern to me, and as time goes by, I think we will see it coming into use more and more.

"it is the only bus that serves the village of Ballyvourney and is used heavily by students travelling to Cork City or Tralee for third level education, people attending CUH for hospital appointments, and older people who want to visit their friends and families.

"I am putting Minister Ross on notice that any attempt to reduce the Route 40 bus service will be opposed heavily by me, and the Fianna Fáil party," concluded Deputy Moynihan.