Problems with Bus Eireann services in Limerick

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

AS problems with the city’s bus services continue, a local councillor has accused Bus Eireann of “treating the council with contempt”.

AS problems with the city’s bus services continue, a local councillor has accused Bus Eireann of “treating the council with contempt”.

Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon, Fianna Fail, was speaking at a council meeting, where the issue of the route changes in the city were once again on the agenda.

The problems with the bus services in Limerick have been well documented, with reports of overcrowding and late running on the 304 service, which connects Castletroy to Raheen, via the city centre.

The City Council were to write to Bus Eireann requesting a meeting over the new route.

Once it was established this had happened, and there was no response, Cllr O’Hanlon said: “This problem is going on for three months. It is not good enough for me to request they meet us, then nothing else to happen. Bus Eireann should have met councillors before these new routes came in. They are treating the council with contempt.”

Labour councillor Joe Leddin said it is the National Transport Authority which is really to blame for the issues on the route.

“I understand it was the National Transport Authority (NTA) which changed the routes, and it was left to Bus Eireann to implement them. Some changes have been necessary, but many parts of the city have been left with no service at all,” he told the meeting.

Miriam Flynn, the regional manager with Bus Eireann, acknowledged there have been some issues on the Castletroy/Raheen route.

“We would like to thank customers for their feedback and assure them that we are working with the National Transport Authority on an ongoing basis to address these issues,” she said.

Ms Flynn then added that in the last year, Bus Eireann has introduced seven new single-decker buses across the city of Limerick.