New bus route is warmly welcomed
Arklow and Wicklow transport received a welcome boost this week as Wexford Bus launched a new route to Dublin City and Airport taking in both towns as well as rural communities Ballincore, Jack Whites and The Beehive.
The new 740A service commenced on Friday morning and sees Wexford Bus customers able to avail of the service within the Arklow town centre.
For many years, commuters have caught their morning bus from a stop on the old Dublin Road which was only accessible by car.
Now passengers can walk to their chosen bus stop in the town and access a route through a number of County Wicklow stops which connects them with Dublin City and Airport.
The newly-launched service has been welcomed by local elected representatives, including Councillors Sylvester Bourke and Pat Fitzgerald and cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District, Cllr Tommy Annesley.
'This service has to be welcomed. It gives students and commuters more travel options and has been sought for some time. It also brings people into the town of Arklow and facilitates holiday makers,' he said.
Cllr Fitzgerald said that he was glad to see a service introduced to areas including Jack White's and The Beehive which had lost services in recent years due to cutbacks within Bus Éireann.
'Anything that gives the people living in the rural areas more services is to be welcomed,' he said.
According to Wexford Bus General Manager Brendan Crowley there has already been a great response to the new service.
'Through an investment of €1 million, we are delighted to be able to launch this new route for those living in the communities of Arklow and south Wicklow. The route officially launched on Friday and we have had a great response so far to the new service and timetable. We have up to nine daily return services departing Gorey and serving Arklow town and Wicklow town onwards to Dublin City and Airport and anticipate that there will be a growing level of passengers on this route during the summer months.'
The last stop on the route before Dublin is at the Grand Hotel in Wicklow town and all of the Wexford Bus coaches are Wi-Fi enabled and Leap cards are accepted.
Tax Saver tickets will be available on this new service and the Department of Social Protection Travel Pass will also be accepted.
For full details of the timetables and fares see www.wexfordbus.com