Local Link bring new service to West Waterford

 

Local Link bring new service to West Waterford

(May 2018)

Ardmore to Dungarvan service will operate 4 daily return services from Monday to Saturday

The development of new local bus services serving rural areas across the County continues to be a priority for Local Link. The launch of this new service between Ardmore and Dungarvan fills an obvious gap in local public transport services and will open up opportunities not only for local residents to make connections for employment, health, education and recreational opportunities to and from Dungarvan, but also allow visitors to access the beautiful Gaeltacht na nDeise and award winning historic Ardmore.

Particularly thank the Board of Comhlucht Forbartha na nDéise and Manager Críostóir Ó Faoláin for their help in developing the service and identifying bus stopping points. The timetable and location of stops will remain a work in progress until we are happy that we are providing a service that best suits the needs of the local community.

We are delighted that the National Transport Authority continue to support the ongoing development of local bus services under the Local Link Rural Transport Programme and are confident that the Ardmore to Dungarvan service will be well supported by the local community. We have developed the current timetable with a view to allowing people living in the area to get to Dungarvan for 9.00am, and the final return service will leave Dungarvan at 6.00pm, however this can change in line with passenger trends.

The launch of the new services follows on the success of the 363 Tallow to Dungarvan service which has grown over the years to seven daily return services Monday to Saturday and three return services on Sunday.   Demand responsive door to door bus services in more rural areas remains a cornerstone of what Local Link do, the development of higher frequency services operating 6 and 7 days a week are designed to ensure connectivity and contribute to supporting and sustaining the rural economy. This is underlined by the increase of over eighty percent in passenger journeys on Local Link services since 2015.

 

Local Link continues to grow the number of services across County Waterford.

Local Link, with over fifteen years experience in developing and managing local bus services are currently looking at expanding the service between Tramore and Dungarvan to bring it more in line with the 363 Tallow to Dungarvan service and have applied to the National Transport Authority for a service between Dungarvan and Clonmel. Local Link will also pilot evening schedules on a number of services over the summer months.

In line with Governments commitment to improving local public transport, Local Link Waterford are committed to the ongoing development of new and expanded services and decisions are framed in the context of the Commission for Economic Development in Rural Areas (CEDRA) Report 2014, the Action Plan for Rural Development 2017 and the Local Link Rural Transport Programme Strategic Plan for 2018 to 2022 recently published by the National Transport Authority. Local Link is supported within the administration of Waterford City and County Council.

As we continue to develop a network of services for County Waterford we look forward to welcoming you on our services. Fares vary depending on the destination and are set at a maximum of €3.00 per single trip for Adults. Reduced fares apply for students and children over 5 years of age. Free travel passes are accepted on all Local Link services.

For information on any of our services please check our timetables at www.locallinkwaterford.ie or to let us know of unmet needs in your area our contact details are;

James on 0761 102845, Teresa on 0761 102197, Caroline on 0761 102076, or email us at waterford@locallink.ie

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