Local Link bus service to start
A new local bus service connecting Wicklow town with Glendalough starts this Monday.
The Local Link 183 service from Wicklow town to Glendalough also has stops in Laragh, Roundwood, Annamoe, Ashford and Rathnew.
Buses will depart from Glendalough Visitors' Centre Monday to Friday at 8.15 a.m., 1.30 p.m., 3.30 p.m. and 6.35 p.m., with a night time service on Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.
In Wicklow town buses will depart from Wicklow Gaol at 10.35 a.m., 2.25 p.m. and 5.45 p.m. from Monday to Friday. There will also be further services on a Friday and Saturday at 7.45 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11.45 p.m..
Deputy Pat Casey feels the new Local Link service will benefit both Wicklow town and Glendalough, as well as the other destinations along the route.
'It is a hugely positive move and something I have been working on for some years. It will greatly assist in connecting and developing tourism in Wicklow town and Glendalough. From our own point of view in Glendalough we are constantly getting phone calls from tourists in Wicklow town looking to get to Glendalough. The only way to get public transport is to go back to Bray for a bus which only leaves for Glendalough once a day. Tourists arrive in Wicklow town by bus or train, only to find out that there is no connection from Wicklow town and they have to head back to Bray. This new bus service means we can link the visitors experience of Glendalough with the experience in Wicklow Gaol. It will help pull them both together,' said Deputy Casey.
There will also be three departures from Wicklow town and Glendalough each Sunday.
There will be stops outside the old post office in Wicklow town, Hopkins Toymaster, Track One Music, the Grand Hotel, the County Buildings and Lidl. Any journey between Wicklow Gaol and Lidl in Wicklow town will cost someone who is under-18 or a student €1, as well as for an adult single. Any journey outside of Wicklow town will cost €2 for students or €3 for an adult single.
Deputy Casey feels the new service will also benefit the local communities along the route.
'Any improved bus service has to be welcomed. The 183 will help forge closer links with Wicklow town and will allow people plan their day, like taking public transport to go shopping or to visit the doctor. Towns and villages along the route will now have a service connecting them to Wicklow town.'