BUS Eireann has announced a major shake up of Limerick City’s bus network in a move which sees six, streamlined services introduced.
From next Monday, the state bus provider is to scrap some services, and merge others, while ensuring key city areas keep the same level of service.
The first time it has changed the service timetables in Limerick since 2005, Bus Eireann is to merge the service between the City and UL, and the City and Raheen into one service.
The 312, which linked the Ballycummin estate, and parts of Dooradoyle, has been scrapped, with the 304 service being extended.
And for the first time, there will also be a direct bus linking Raheen and Shannon Banks, Corbally and Westbury.
The service from the city centre to Caherdavin, via Thomond Park and LIT remains largely unchanged.
But Bus Eireann has merged two services serving Pineview Gardens and Craeval Park into one service linking both parts of Moyross.
A previous hourly bus service between Coonagh Cross and the city has been cut, with passengers asked instead to use the 343 Shannon Airport to commute into the city.
The 305 bus service now links Lynwood Park, the city centre and St Mary’s Park, while the 306 service which used to link O’Malley Park with Craeval Park, now links Ballynanty with Brookfield.
There are only minor changes to frequencies, although the changes mean that Raheen residents will still enjoy six buses an hour to the city, at peak times. The number of services from UL to the city are reduced slightly.
A spokesman for Bus Eireann said: “The changes were necessary to provide customers with an improved level of service including more frequent services on some routes, increased reliability, clearer timetables, and a simplified network.”
Previously, €3.70 day saver tickets were not accepted on the 343 Shannonlink bus. But a spokesman for the bus company confirmed they would be accepted as far as Coonagh.
Fianna Fail councillor James Collins is delighted with the changes. It means that there will be three buses passing his bar every hour, as opposed to the one at present.
“I think it is great that it is going straight to UL, because a lot of students here would be going to college and changing in town. I have staff who are students at UL, so it will be great for them too,” he said.