Monday, September 19, 2022

Bus Park at Carlow Town. Photo: michaelorourkephotography.ie

The bus park is being completely re-vamped in Carlow town

 

By Elizabeth Lee

 

CARLOW town’s new bus service should be up and running by the beginning of next year, according to Pádraig O’Gorman, director of services for transport and infrastructure.
Mr O’Gorman gave members of Carlow municipal district a progress report on the new service at a meeting last week, during which he said that tenders for new bus operators were near completion, while proposed routes around the town were also being examined.

The news that the long-awaited public bus service was imminent was warmly received by local councillors.

Cllr John Cassin enquired about where the proposed routes would be, while cllr Fergal Browne asked if the route would be near the junction of Green Lane and St Joseph’s Road. Cllr Andrea Dalton said that the bus service would be a “great addition” to the town, especially given that there were three third-level colleges there.

Cllr Adrienne Wallace expressed concern about the bus shelters at Hanover bus park, which is currently being upgraded. She said that the existing bus shelters were “flimsy” and would protect people, including parents with young children, from the elements. She also said that she hoped all works would be carried out with regard to diversity and respect to the environment.

In reply to various queries, Mr O’Gorman said that the Active Travel Programme was funding the renovation of the park and that the work was in accordance with biodiversity.

He also said that the National Transport Authority would decide on how much the bus fares would cost and, in reply to cllr Browne’s question about St Joseph’s Road, he said that there would be a temporary bus stop at the fire station on Green Lane.

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