Key city route will see buses every 15 minutes

Key city route will see buses every 15 minutes

The 220 service that serves Ovens to Carrigaline will now have its frequency increased to every 15 minutes from 7am to 7pm, and there will be more frequency on weekend services. Pic; Larry Cummins

Buses between Ballincollig and Carrigaline will soon depart every 15 minutes as part of several changes to improve services announced by Bus Éireann.

The changes are to be implemented after Bus Éireann regional manager Martin Walsh met with councillors from the Ballincollig-Carrigaline Municipal District who had expressed frustration with capacity and frequency issues of the services in the area.

Cork’s public transport network has become the focus of debate in recent weeks, following the decision to remove cars from Patrick Street in the afternoons to reduce bus travel times, something the bus company said has occurred.

Bus Éireann is now planning to increase the frequency of some services along with other network upgrades.

The 220 service that serves Ovens to Carrigaline will now have its frequency increased to every 15 minutes from 7am to 7pm, and there will be more frequency on weekend services.

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.

Bus Éireann said they were also taking delivery of additional buses later this year and the company is currently recruiting new drivers.

Route 223, which covers the city to Haulbowline, will also be adjusted later this year to offer an improved frequency of services between Douglas Village, Passage, Monkstown, Ringaskiddy and Carrigaline and will operate to the Carrigaline Primary Care Centre.

Cork TD Michael McGrath who lives in Carrigaline said local routes are in need of restructuring to improve reliability for bus users and the news from Bus Éireann is “encouraging”.

“All of the service improvements are subject to availability of resources and we are currently hiring drivers to facilitate these improvements and underpin reliability,” Bus Éireann said.

“The implementation dates for these changes will depend on recruitment and we will also take delivery of additional fleet later this year.”

There are also plans to merge the 221 city bus route to Glanmire with the 206, which serves Grange and Douglas and extend the service to Cork Airport. The move is earmarked for this year

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