The National Transport Authority and Bus Éireann say the success of Cork’s first ever 24-hour route shows there is an appetite for public transport that is 'innovative and operates where and when it is needed'.
Fresh from his appearance as Grand Marshall in the Cork City St Patrick’s Day Parade, Rob Heffernan was back on Grand Parade today, officially launching the 24-hour route on the 220 bus service.
The route, which serves Ballincollig-City Centre-Carrigaline-Crosshaven, has been running since January and has seen a 60% growth in customer journeys since it began.
“We are delighted to see such a significant increase in passenger usage," Regional Operations Manager, Cork Martin Walsh said.
“Developing and enhancing public transport services is what the NTA is all about, and working with Bus Éireann in Cork to make these improvements to the 220, is something that we see as very important," Chief Executive Officer of the (NTA) Anne Graham added.
“The response by the public to these changes has been very positive, and is a clear indication that when you provide a bus service that is innovative and that operates where and when it is needed, people will use it.”
The revamped route has also doubled its frequency from every 30 minutes to every 15 during peak hours and every 30 to 60 minutes between midnight and 6am. The service now operates to Grange Manor and every second service also travels to Crosshaven.
Bus Éireann intends to add 20 new double-decker buses to its Cork fleet this year. These buses will have comfortable seating, a dedicated wheelchair space, USB sockets, complimentary Wi-Fi and CCTV security cameras.
The authority also hopes to provide a more frequent service to the Carrigaline area from the summer and additional services to Cork Airport are planned in the months ahead.
Rob Heffernan said he was very pleased to promote 24-hour service.
“As a very passionate man about my hometown, it is great to see so many people availing of the new services and I recommend anyone who hasn’t used them to check them out!”
Other Cork city routes that saw changes in January include the 220X, 216, 223 and 223X and commuters can learn more by logging onto www.buseireann.ie or www.transportforireland.ie
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