PASSAGE West needs bus services that go to Carrigaline and the city’s third-level colleges, a county councillor has said.
The town’s primary care centre, which provided public health nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech therapists and social workers, moved to Carrigaline early last year, leaving the town’s 5,800 residents having to commute for basic services.
However, no bus route exists between the two towns.
Because of changes to the 223 bus service, it won’t go through Passage West at certain times and longstanding problems remain for the hourly bus service to the town, which has long been a source of frustration for local representatives, in terms of frequency.
Ms D’Alton said the current bus services to Passage West are “shamefully embarrassing”.
“Unlike before, this new 223X will now service every stop from the South Mall to Tramway Terrace, allowing more people more practical travel to and from Ringaskiddy. A positive spin would describe these changes as baby steps in the right direction. In reality, it is a shamefully embarrassing public transport offering to a Strategic Employment Area into which over 5,000 people pour every day.
“The 223 runs on in the usual way, the only change to the timetable being a readjustment of the journey time, reflecting the increasing Douglas rush-hour congestion.
“Is it even possible that, in 2019, with Ireland producing one of the highest CO2 emissions per capita in Europe, the only public transport offering to a metropolitan town of nearly 6,000 people is a single-decker bus at an hourly frequency — when it turns up — with no link to UCC or CIT, while essential services are closed and moved over nine kilometres away, to Carrigaline, to which there is no public transport connection at all?
“I am so angry and frustrated. Failure to provide access to basic services must be a denial of human rights. Failure to provide adequate public transport services is entirely contrary to stated government policy. Despite all the urgency of our collective and individual communications with the National Transport Authority, this is the best they could do?” Ms D’Alton added.