Fianna Fáil General Election candidate Cllr. Lisa McDonald is calling for assurances from government that the Local Link bus service will be extended beyond its pilot period in Wexford.
The scheme was set up last year to bridge the transport gap in rural areas.
Cllr. McDonald explained, “There has been a huge take up in the five Local Link services that were introduced in Wexford last year. The service has given people – particularly older people – a renewed lease of life by giving them the opportunity to get out and about during the week and at weekends.
“The weekend schedule from Enniscorthy to New Ross is proving very popular as people can head into town to meet friends, go shopping or have a drink in the evening without having to worry about getting home. Before the service was introduced many of the people who use it say they had to rely on family or neighbours to bring them to the places they needed to go and that Local Link has given them a sense of independence again.
“This is an extremely reliable and popular scheme. Rural bus services across Wexford leave much to be desired and this initiative has breathed life back into many communities across the county.
“The future of these services should not be up for discussion – they are providing a much needed transport link for hundreds of people every week. I am calling on the Transport Minister to ensure that funding is made available to ensure that this pilot scheme is placed on a more permanent footing”.