PUBLIC Transport Junior Minister, Alan Kelly has welcomed the return of a morning bus service linking Nenagh, Roscrea and other villages to Dublin. The 7.30am service leaving Limerick for Dublin had been withdrawn following Bus Eireann’s most recent timetable changes.
However, Deputy Kelly said he had been working with Bus Eireann and the National Transport Authority to have the service restored.
“I welcome this development and it will give all sides, drivers, operators and customers a chance to assess the demand level for this service. This is a service Bus Eireann operates in a private capacity and I am delighted for both the local workers and local passengers that they have agreed to re-instate the service. This will be very helpful for many people accessing medical appointments and education opportunities,” stated Deputy Kelly.
The service will be re-introduced from March 4 on a Monday to Saturday basis. It will serve all locations from Daly’s Cross to Roscrea as well as Mountrath and Portlaoise. The bus will depart Nenagh at 8.10am and Roscrea at 8.40am and serves all locations in between. It will leave Dublin at 12.15am and arrive in Roscrea for 2.15pm and Nenagh at 2.50pm.
“Bus Eireann have agreed to re-introduce this service as an opportunity to assess the level of demand. Therefore, if people decide not to use it, it will not be maintained. It is a private enterprise by Bus Eireann and if it does not bring some income the service will not continue forever,” concluded Deputy Kelly.