Councillors demand a timeline for new Cork buses

Councillors demand a timeline for new Cork buses
County councillors want a timeline for extra buses on the Ballincollig to Carrigaline route and a new route from Passage to Carrigaline. Pic; Larry Cummins

COUNTY Councillors have told Bus Eireann and the National Transport Authority (NTA) to stop talking and start delivering new routes.

The Evening Echo first reported back in February that route frequencies on the 220 and 220x would increase by up to five buses an hour from Ballincollig and Carrigaline as well as improvements to the 223 bus.

Councillors in the Ballincollig-Carrigaline municipal district want representatives from Bus Eireann and the NTA to give a definitive timeline on improvements and a commitment to deliver a route from Passage West to the new primary dare health centre in Carrigaline.

Passage West’s primary care centre closed last year with all its services moved to Carrigaline but no bus routes exist between the two towns.

Councillor Michael ‘Frick’ Murphy (SF) said he has had enough of seeing people left as bus stops because of the infrequency of services.

“It’s a matter of urgency. The headline in the paper said five buses an hour. I couldn’t get one bus in Carrigaline the other day. [Bus Eireann and NTA] have to be upfront with us. It’s a crazy situation. I’m constantly on to Bus Eireann about the lack of services.

“They are saying there is a big improvement but there is nothing happening,” he added, Seamus McGrath (FF) said the promises of Bus Eireann need to be followed up by action.

“We need to try and apply as much pressure as possible. We’ve been told changes and improvements are on the way but nothing has happened yet. We were told September but colleges are back, schools are back but nothing is happening. It’s appalling for people. We have to get real about routes. They are talking about linking Ringaskiddy and Carrigaline and Passage West and Carrigaline. Talk is great but we need to see concrete plans,” he added.

Marcia D’Alton (IND) said people cannot rely on the buses to arrive on time.

“We are driving kids to school because we can’t rely on the bus to be there when it is supposed to be there.” 

She added that plans to develop the Passage West to Carrigaline route have now been thrown into doubt at recent Cork Area Strategic Plan meetings.

Municipal district officer Kevin O’Regan said he has asked Bus Eireann regional manager Martin Walsh to attend a meeting with councillors but he is yet to confirm when he can attend. However, Mr O’Regan said Bus Eireann had reiterated its commitment on a Passage West to Carrigaline route.

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