Wednesday, July 05, 2017

NTA providing additional bus services

Cllr Wall, fourth from the right, with councillors at NTA headquarters.
Replacement bus services for some of those recently discontinued by JJ Kavanagh through south Kildare and Kilcullen will be in place in the coming weeks, writes Brian Byrne.

This has been welcomed by Cllr Mark Wall, who recently attended a meeting with other councillors from Laois and Kilkenny at the National Transport Authority to discuss the situation.

"We had a very positive meeting with the NTA and since then I have received confirmation of the following updates and changes," Cllr Wall says. "The current 817 route which departs Athy at 11.15 and travels through South Kildare, passing Naas hospital at 11.50 and arriving in Dublin at 12.50 will be extended for at least three years. This service also has a departure from Dublin to Athy at 4pm from George's Quay.

"The NTA have committed to a new morning service going through Athy at 8.50 each morning, connecting with the 130 Service in Kilcullen to arrive in Dublin at 10.45. This route will be introduced to cover the removal of the JJ Kavanagh 717 service which got into Dublin at 10.40."

The Authority will also introduce an additional evening time service from Busaras in Dublin, leaving at 22.30, which will facilitate people who want to stay in Dublin later in the evening.

"I want to thank the NTA for their prompt action following the withdrawal of the commercial services from South Kildare," Cllr Wall concluded.

In June, Kildare County Council was asked by the then Mayor, Cllr Ivan Keatley, to engage with the National Transport Authority to have bus services from Athy and Kilcullen increased in the light of recent reductions in service from private operators.