Bus Éireann undertaking review of Limerick city services

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Bus Éireann undertaking review of Limerick city services

Bus Éireann is currently reviewing its services in the city as a “public debate” on its routes and timing continues

BUS ÉIREANN is currently reviewing its services in the city as a “public debate” on its routes and timing continues.

The company is currently working with the National Transport Agency (NTA) to improve a number of Limerick routes, as well as looking at “frequency, additional stops and revised routing.”

This review also has a particular focus on Castletroy, including the University of Limerick.

“This process, which is independent of the Limerick Metropolitan Transport Strategy review will be finalised shortly,” a Bus Éireann spokesperson confirmed.

At a meeting of the Travel and Transportation Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) of Limerick City and County Council this week, issues with the city’s bus service were raised by Councillor Kieran O’Hanlon. 

“There is ongoing public debate on the bus routes, bus time and quality of the service,” he said, adding that he was “sure” other councillors have also been approached by people unhappy with current services.

“A lot of councillors are encountering people who have issues with the quality of the service,” he added.

Bus Éireann representatives are not obligated to sit on the SPC, Cllr O’Hanlon was told when he asked if someone from the company could attend the meetings, but the council will look at extending an invite for future SPCs, the meeting heard.

Bus Éireann is also currently reviewing its service in the city, Cllr O’Hanlon was told. 

A Bus Éireann spokesperson later told The Leader that this review is currently underway.

“Bus Éireann constantly review all timetables that we operate in Limerick City to reflect changing customer travel patterns, seasonal variances in traffic congestion and the installation or removal of bus stop infrastructure.”

Bus services in and around Limerick city, in particular the 304 and the 304a route, have attracted ire from commuters in recent months.

Before Christmas, a Joint Oireachtas committee heard that at even at off-peak times, buses on these two routes were arriving between 15 to 23 minutes late.

At the beginning of December, the former secretary at the Department of Finance also called for the local authority to take over the running of the bus service. John Moran, interim chair of the Land Development Agency and current chair of the Hunt Museum, described the services as “woeful.”

Following the SPC, a spokesperson for the Limerick City and County Council said that all transport providers are currently reviewing their services as part of the Limerick Metropolitan Transport Strategy. 

“Any improvements, especially with bus times, would be very welcome,” the spokesperson added.