Wednesday 21 March 2018

Local Link is an 'invaluable resource' says TD

Local Link is an invaluable resource for connecting our communities in the North County, according to a local TD.

Local Link provides both demand-responsive, door-to-door services on request, as well as scheduled bus services on fixed routes here in Dublin Fingal, with a new Local Link route between Knocksedan and Swords.

The services are run on behalf of the NTA's 'Transport for Ireland', by 17 groups throughout the country and are funded by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Minister for Community and Rural Affairs Michael Ring officially launched the Local Link brand at the National Ploughing Championships.

Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell said: 'Local Link is in many ways the unsung hero of our public transport system and an invaluable resource for us locally, particularly for residents in Knocksedan.

'The message is also that Local Link is very much open for business for everybody, including people going to work, families, students, tourists and visitors.

'Local Link is enabling people in remote rural areas to go shopping, get to medical appointments and avail of services in their local area.

'I would like to welcome the move to bring rural transport services under the Local Link banner, and am pleased to see the new Route 196 service between Knocksedan and Swords being officially announced.'

The Rural Transport Programme came under the aegis of the Transport for Ireland in 2012. As a result of a restructuring programme which concluded in 2015, 17 Transport Coordination Units (TCUs) were formed to replace the 35 rural community transport groups that had previously existed.

The decision was then made to bring all these services under one brand, and to work with local operators to ensure that services were provided to a consistently professional standard, across the board.

Fingal Independent