Thursday 18 July 2019

Hopes that the NTA will add new Wicklow routes after 183 launch

Councillor Jennifer Whitmore has welcomed the official launch of the new Local Link 183 service from Wicklow town to Glendalough.

The service began in April and also has stops in Laragh, Roundwood, Annamoe, Ashford and Rathnew.

The official launch was carried out last week in Laragh with Health Minister Simon Harris, Minister of State Andrew Doyle and Deputy Pat Casey cutting the ribbon.

Cllr Whitmore played an instrumental role in securing the service and also presented the NTA with a petition featuring over 3,000 signatures.

'It is great to see the official launch of the 183 happen last week,' said the recently re-elected Councillor.

'This Local Link service began in April of this year, and it is already making a huge contribution to Wicklow town and all the villages on the route, including Glendalough, Ashford and Roundwood. It will mean a big boost for our local economies, communities and our environment, and I believe we need to have services like this rolled out all over the county.'

She hopes to see further investment into Wicklow's public transport infrastructure in the future.

'The demand for these routes is plain to see. Last year, I collected over 3,500 signatures on a petition to call on the National Transport Authority to fund this and two other routes, including Roundwood to Greystones. I hope that the success of the Wicklow to Glendalough route will mean that the NTA will further invest in community public transport in our county and I will continue to work with the Local Link and the Council to try to make that happen.'

Wicklow People