Limerick bus stops to get real-time information

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

This is because the National Transport Authority has confirmed the installation of 19 ‘real time passenger information signs’ at bus stops across the city.

This is because the National Transport Authority has confirmed the installation of 19 ‘real time passenger information signs’ at bus stops across the city.

The electronic notice boards provide passengers with a countdown to when the next bus will arrive.

The systems - which use GPS technology to track the location of the buses - are commonplace in major cities across Europe, with Dublin already having 450 installed.

Locations identified for the signs - expected to be in place by Christmas - are the Childers Road shopping centre, at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, the University of Limerick, Castletroy’s Hurlers Pub and Kilmurry Lodge Hotel.

As well as this, the city centre stops at Sarsfield Street, William Street and Henry Street.

Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell said that commuters journeys will be made a lot easier by the installation of these signs.

“The installation of these facilities has been a great success in other parts of the country, particularly in Dublin city centre. If we want to encourage people to leave their car at home and take the bus to work, we need to make the daily commute as easy and reliable as possible. These signs will do just that,” he said.

Mr O’Donnell hopes the signs can be extended to other locations, “so as many people as possible can benefit”.

The initiative comes as Bus Eireann overhauls its timetables and route network in Limerick - the first change since 2005.

While some routes have been cut, there will be greater access and frequency on routes serving the Mid Western Regional Hospital, UL and Colbert station. (see www.buseireann.ie/pdf/1347005558-Limerick-city-network.pdf for full details).

The good news for passengers is there are no fare increases, with a single ticket remaining at €1.70 and a day saver ticket - which grants unlimited travel in the city - being frozen at €3.70.