The long-awaited changes to the Ballincollig to Carrigaline 220 bus service have been delayed for a third time, by another month.
The bus route that links Ballincollig and Carrigaline to the city is to double in frequency from every 30 minutes to every 15 during core hours. The changes will now come into effect from January 13, Bus Eireann said.
The changes were first flagged in February and recruitment of new drivers took place. It was initially hoped to increase the service's frequency during the summer months.
Earlier this month Bus Éireann said the service changes would come into effect in December. However, a new date of January 13 was now been set.
The core hours are 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday. Under the changes, there will also be more frequency on weekend services. At present, services on the route are often at capacity, with regular complaints about the need for more buses.
Ballincollig and Carrigaline have experienced phenomenal growth over the last two decades to become the largest satellite towns in Cork, with a population of 18,621 in Ballincollig and 15,770 in Carrigaline at the last census.
Minister for Transport Shane Ross said the bus improvements are among a number of changes being implemented by Bus Éireann and the National Transport Authority (NTA).
It is also understood the route will be extended to Carrigaline Primary Health Care Centre and there will be a revised routing in Carrigaline to allow for a two-way operation at all locations.