Our Thanks

All of us at Local Link Waterford would like to thank you for all your support this year, whether you traveled with us or shared your support in other ways, it is all very much appreciated. We look forward to a better 2021 and working with the people of Waterford in developing new local transport services across the County.

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas.

Services Update

363 Tallow to Dungarvan: Last Service on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve Departing Tallow at 18.15 and Dungarvan at 19.05

361: Ardmore to Dungarvan: Last Service on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve Departing Ardmore at 16.00 and Dungarvan at 17.00

There are no services on Christmas Day and St Stephens’s Day.

Sunday timetables will operate on Monday 28th December ( Bank Holiday) on both 363 and 361. Evening services on 361 are suspended due to Level 5 Covid restrictions.

Please note that all services will revert to 25% capacity as and from Sunday 27th December due to Level 5 Covid restrictions.

Offices closed on Wednesday 23rd December

As a mark of respect on the sad passing of Anne Tobin, wife of James, Chairman of Local Link Waterford, our offices will be closed tomorrow Wednesday 23rd December. Our thoughts and prayers are with James and family at this very sad time

363 Evening Service Reinstated

363 Tallow to Dungarvan
Following recent requests from a number of people who use the 363, Tallow to Dungarvan, for work and essential service, Local Link have decided to reinstate the evening service.
Departing Tallow 20.00 and Dungarvan 23.30, On Tuesday, 22nd and Wednesday, 23rd December.
Regular Evening services will resume, Thursday, 7th January 2021.
Please Note; the Last Service on Christmas Eve, 24th December Departing Tallow at 18.15 and Dungarvan at 19.05.

Cancellation of Evening Service until Thursday 8th January 2021

Due to the unacceptable behaviour of a number of passengers on our 11.30pm service on Saturday 19th December from Dungarvan to Tallow Local Link have decided to cancel all remaining evening services on our 363 Tallow to Dungarvan service.
As and from Monday 21st December the 8.00pm service from Tallow and 11.30pm return service from Dungarvan will not operate. Services will recommence on Thursday 8th January 2021.
While we regret having to cancel these services, it is totally unacceptable that passengers should have behaved in such a manner despite the repeated medical advice on Covid 19 and the dedicated service provided by frontline workers, including our Drivers.

Local link Evening Services a Driving Success

Fifth of Local Link evening buses carry fewer than 10 passengers a week

Seán McCárthaigh 

Sunday November 08 2020, 12.01am GMT, The Sunday Times

One in five of the Local Link evening bus services that operate in Ireland’s rural areas had fewer than 10 passengers a week on average last year, a review has found.

A further fifth of the services either did not commence as planned, or were cancelled due to lack of business. Route 115c between Ballivor and Navan, Co Meath, had the lowest usage of any service, with 215 passengers over all of last year.

The Local Link evening and night bus services were introduced in rural areas in 2018, after a law was passed providing for an automatic ban of at least three months for all motorists caught over the drink-driving limit.

The National Transport Authority (NTA), which oversees the operation of 17 Local Link groups, has expressed overall satisfaction with the performance of the bus service and welcomed the increase in customer numbers on most routes after a slow start. “For many services it has taken several months to gain traction locally and to be trusted as reliable public transport services,” the NTA said.

Of the 55 Local Link services, 23 are extensions of existing daytime routes, while the rest are demand-responsive, or door-to-door, evening services. NTA figures show a total of 33,922 passengers travelled on the 23 evening services on scheduled routes last year, while 34,213 passengers took one of the 32 door-to-door services. The cost of the 55 Local Link evening services came to almost €1.5m.

The busiest scheduled service was the 363 route between Tallow and Dungarvan, which attracted 5,126 passengers — a weekly average of 99 passengers. The next most popular was the Wexford-Rosslare Harbour service, which had 3,365, followed by the Newbridge-Athy route, with 2,991.

Other routes that recorded more than 2,000 evening trips were Granard-Longford, Kinlough-Ballyshannon, Ardmore-Dungarvan, and Glencolumbkille- Donegal town.

The busiest door-to-door route was the Mountrath-Castletown-Ballyfin service in Co Laois, which recorded 3,497 passengers in 2019 — a weekly average of 67 — followed by the Woodford-Portumna service in Co Galway, which had 3,417. The least busy route was an evening service in Clonmel, which attracted only 131 passengers for the whole of 2019 — a weekly average of fewer than three.

Passengers using Local Link services pay a nominal fee, while travel-pass holders and pensioners go free. Services usually run from 6pm to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The NTA said the figures indicated services were being used a lot by passengers living in smaller towns working or socialising in nearby larger towns.

It also noted some of the routes with the highest proportion of evening trips had departures at 11pm or later, while the routes with the lowest share of evening services tended to have last departures at 9pm or earlier, suggesting “some evening services do not operate late enough to effectively serve their purpose”.

The NTA can stop funding any service with a pattern of poor passenger numbers. Services are continuing during the pandemic, with capacity at 25% of normal levels.

25% Capacity Due to Level 5 Restrictions

Due to the Level 5 restriction that came into place from Midnight Wednesday 21st Oct, all service will be at 25% capacity.

We would ask that passengers, where possible, should try to make alternative arrangements as services will be restricted to essential travel only.

Avoid Peak Times

For all our intending Local link Waterford passengers, please be aware that the capacity on our services is still at 50% and we would ask that you please try to avoid travelling at peak times where possible.   Please also allow additional time for your journey at these times.

Face Masks are still mandatory on all our public transport services, for your safety and the safety of others please continue to wear a face mask on all journeys

Peak Times 21.9.20

 

Information on the wearing of face coverings

The Regulation signed by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly means that the requirement for public transport passengers to wear a face covering has full legal effect. As and from Monday 13th July authorised staff may refuse entry to a person who is not wearing a face covering. Authorised persons may also ask a passenger who refuses to wear a face covering to leave the vehicle.

NTA CEO Anne Graham said: “The clear and consistent message is that face coverings on public transport make journeys safer for passengers and for workers. This Regulation will increase people’s confidence in public transport and encourage more people back on to our buses, trams and trains.

These Regulations provide that members of the public who are 13 years old or older shall wear a face covering on public transport unless they have a reasonable excuse.

These are where:

(a) the person cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering – (i) because of any physical or mental illness, impairment, or disability, or (ii) without severe distress,

(b) the person needs to communicate with a person who has difficulties communicating (in relation to speech, language or otherwise)

(c) the person removes the face covering to provide emergency assistance or to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person

(d) the person removes the face covering to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury

(e) the person removes the face covering in order to, and only for the time required to, take medication.

The onus will be on a passenger to establish to the satisfaction of the relevant person that he or she has reasonable excuse.

Please note that face coverings are Mandatory on Local Link Services

Minister for Health signs regulations for the mandatory wearing of face coverings on public transport.

The regulations as and from Monday 13 July 2020, provide that Authorised staff including drivers and ticket inspectors may refuse entry to a person who is not wearing a face covering. Authorised persons may also ask a passenger who refuses to wear a face covering, to leave the vehicle.

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