Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North West Aindrias Moynihan has called on the Transport Minister to improve bus services on the 233 Macroom route and to ensure that the upgrades will not be delayed unnecessarily.

Deputy Moynihan raised the issue directly with Minister Shane Ross in the Dáil this week.

“The 233 bus service serves a wide community from Ballincollig up the valley to Macroom and westward to Ballingeary. We need to be encouraging more people to leave the car at home and start using public transport, however we need to see radical improvements in the current services here in Cork County”, said Deputy Moynihan.

“People are becoming more environmentally aware and I genuinely believe that many people heading into the city for work or college would use the bus more if the service was more available.

“While I welcome the news that the National Transport Authority is planning to implement improvements to services over the course of the year, I am concerned about the potential for delays. In the past we have had issues, particularly with the 220 Ballincollig route, whereby Bus Éireann was planning service improvements but these were delayed by the NTA.

“As the NTA is answerable to Minister Ross, I called on him to ensure that the 233 Macroom route, which includes Macroom, Kilmurray, Crookstown, Cloghduv, Aherla, Ovens and Ballincollig progresses this year. We need to ensure that there is an extended timetable so that people have options to commute in and out of the city for work. The current timetable is too limited.

“An extended service is also needed on the route through Coachford, as well as to and from Ballingeary and Inchigeelagh as the current service falls far short of what’s needed. I have asked Minister Ross to press the importance of these route upgrades with the NTA so that the improved services can be rolled out as speedily as possible”, concluded Deputy Moynihan.