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Wednesday 14 November 2018

New transport service to benefit young people

Young people in Fingal will now have more transport and entertainment choice at the weekend with the announcement of three new evening bus services for the area.

The routes, connecting Naul to Swords, Stamullen to Balbriggan, and Ashbourne to Balbriggan are operated by rural transport provider Locallink Louth, Meath and Fingal.

The services, which launched this weekend, have been designed to allow rural-based transport users easier access to cinemas, theatres, restaurants and community events.

Locallink is part of the Rural Transport Programme, which provides quality nationwide community-based public transport system in rural Ireland, responding to local needs.

The new evening services are being launched in conjunction with the conjunction with the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport and the National Transport Authority.

Three services will run from Naul to Swords Pavilions on a Friday night at 1800, 2030 and 2300, returning at 1830, 2100 and midnight.

The service also stops at Ballyboughal and Oldtown, with timetable details on the Locallink.lmf site.

The 195 Ashbourne to Balbriggan route will now feature four extra services on a Saturday, leaving Balbriggan at 2015 and 2300, and departing from Ashbourne at 1905 and 2145.

The evening services will allow young people direct access to cinemas in both Balbriggan and Ashbourne, with the services generally timed to coincide with film showings at Showtime and Omniplex.

The route also services Garristown, Oldtown, Ballyboughal and Naul, with stops at Millfield Shopping Centre and Balbriggan Train Station.

The day services on this route are already timed to connect seamlessly with Iarnrod Eireann services to both Dublin and Drogheda and full timetable details are available at locallink.lmf.ie.

The evening service on Route 192 from Stamullen to Balbriggan will run on both Fridays and Saturdays with a 1900 departure from Stamullen Kilbreck arriving at Balbriggan station at 1930.

The service features three stops in both Stamullen and Balbriggan (including the Omniplex Cinema on Mill Road) and also services Gormanston and the Millfield Shopping Centre.

"These routes have all been identified to fill specific needs for young people in Fingal, who may find it difficult to access entertainment services in rural areas, and are part of the greater network of Locallink services," said Locallink co-ordinator Miriam McKenna.

And in further good news for young people during July as under 19s will go free on the Locallink services in Fingal.

"Our Kids Go Free programme is tailor-made for young people who live in rural areas to use public transport to visit their friends and to meet up over the long summer holidays," said Miriam

"And if they are working in a summer job, they can commute for a month free of charge in July on our superb flexible network.

"The services will use the bus stops in the main towns and will stop in each village and along the route in some cases.

'When it comes to transport, if the need is there, then so are we."

People in need of transport are asked to contact Locallink Louth Meath and Fingal on 046 9074830 or 1800 303 707.

Full details of routes and fares can be found at www.locallinklmf.ie.

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