Saturday 20 July 2019

Local Link to investigate public transport needs in North Wexford

Cathy Lee

Wexford Local Link is planning to investigate the unmet transport needs in the North of County Wexford, and are asking community groups in areas like Askamore, Craanford, Kilmuckridge and Monaseed to make direct contact to them to highlight the need for public transport in their areas.

'We've been growing year on year, and any feedback we get helps us to identify needs for our services. Local Link services only come about by people making us aware of unmet needs. We are planning to investigate these unmet transport needs in the north of the county over the coming months,' said MaryB O'Leary, manager of Local Link Wexford.

'It depends on commercial feasibility, but we always try to fill a gap where we can and things can be quick to start up, depending on numbers,' she said.

MaryB explained that the Local Link services during the planning stages try to connect up to national providers, and bring people to the next stage of their journey, whether this be for commuting or other needs.

In the coming weeks, there is hope for a new service to be up and running from Courtown through Riverchapel and in to Gorey.

'Once that's off the ground, when the timetable is finalised and we launch the route, people can get to and from Dublin as we connect people up to other bus and train services. In the future, with the new Enniscorthy bypass, we are hoping to look at feasibility for those towns and villages that will be bypassed, such as Monamolin, Ballyedmond, Kilmuckridge, and this will be based on demand,' said MaryB.

MaryB explained that the Local Link relies on community groups helping and reaching out.

'We would ask for community groups or GAA clubs to make contact via the website, on Facebook or just ring us directly. If we are invited out to speak to a group about public transport in their area, we'll always accept an invitation,' she said

Local Link provides a combination of scheduled public transport services and door-to-door services, and is a development of the Rural Transport Programme (RTP) which was launched in 2007.

At the moment there are routes from Bunclody to Enniscorthy, Wexford to Rosslare and Wellingtonbridge to Wexford, as well as Tullow to New Ross.

Free travel passes are accepted on all local link services, and services operate seven days a week.

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