Local Fianna Fáil TD, Aindrias Moynihan has said changes to bus zones in Cork city and suburbs will see a significant reduction in costs for commuters and students.

Deputy Moynihan was commenting after the announcement by the National Transport Authority that the city bus zone will now be extended to include areas such as Ballincollig.

“This is a good news day for Ballincollig residents.  Many bus fares will be slashed by up to 46% resulting in more money in people’s pockets.

“In the last 18 months, I received a lot of queries from residents in the area asking for my support in securing a reduction in fares.

“Those living in Ballincollig and commuting into the city via bus and students attending CIT or UCC will feel the benefit of these fare reductions when they come into force on December 1st.

“I do believe that reducing the cost of public transport can have a positive impact in terms of increasing use of buses, and reducing our dependence on cars.

“However, in order to see the maximum benefit we need efficient bus services with the right capacity levels to meet demand.

“I will be liaising with Bus Éireann to ensure that the bus service from Ballincollig to the city is as frequent and efficient as possible,” concluded Moynihan.