Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív has expressed frustration and disappointment with a series of delays in improvements to the 424 bus service. The service travels through Barna, Spiddal, Carraroe and on to Lettermullen.
Deputy Ó Cuív explained, “I have been campaigning for a long time for improvements to this service, particularly the need for later services in the evening as currently the last bus leaving Galway is 6pm. I have also argued for greater frequency during the day.
“I had been given to understand that these additional services would be in place by September and I understand from my contact with Bus Éireann that it is willing and ready to provide these services. It appears that there is some delay in getting approval from the National Transport Authority.
“I find it difficult to understand why there would be any significant delay in making a simple decision in relation to providing better bus services on a route that is totally under served.
“I have been pursuing this with the NTA and in the latest correspondence it states that “the NTA in conjunction with Bus Éireann is seeking to make improvements to services on Route 424 serving Spiddal, Carraroe, Lettermullen and Carna. Those improvements will include the provision of additional evening services as well as an improved all day frequency. The proposed revised timetable of services is at draft concept stage and will be fully developed over the next number of weeks. At this stage we anticipate that the revised services could be implemented in early January 2019.”
“It is absolutely imperative that this new timetable is put in place at the earliest possible opportunity; in fact it should be no later than the beginning of the spring term, so that pupils, students and workers have an improved commute. It may also encourage more people to live outside the city, thereby easing the demand for housing within the city centre.
“Ideally, the details of these services should be made available well before Christmas so that people can plan around it. There is also a need for the whole issue of fares on the route to be tackled and I will be pressing this matter further in the weeks and months ahead.”