Fianna Fáil TD for Wicklow and East Carlow Stephen Donnelly has met with the CEO of Dublin Bus, Ray Coyne, to explore the options for a high quality bus corridor for north Wicklow.

Mr. Coyne has agreed to examine the possibility, which could become a key part of North Wicklow’s public transport infrastructure, and help with badly-needed housing and commercial development in the Bray area. Deputy Donnelly is exploring this option in the context of years of delays on the Bray Luas proposal from 2006.

Deputy Donnelly commented, “Wicklow commuters have been waiting for over a decade for the introduction of the Luas service to North Wicklow. Unfortunately, funding has not been available up to this point to create this service, and the NTA is now signalling that it could be 20 years before any such service is operational.

“I raised the issue with Ray Coyne, the CEO of Dublin Bus earlier this week, and Dublin Bus have agreed to investigate the possibility of a high quality bus corridor to provide the service until the Luas is extended.

“The need for additional transport links for North Wicklow to Dublin has been well- established. Without the funding needed for a full Luas service, a high quality bus corridor would act as a stopgap measure for Wicklow commuters, and increase the use of public transport,” said Deputy Donnelly.

Deputy Donnelly has been actively pursuing transport solutions for some time, including the recent publication of a congestion study on the N11, and calls on Minister Shane Ross to identify funds for such works.