Local Fianna Fail TD, Frank O Rourke, has received positive feedback for his support for a proposed new bus service linking Clane to Maynooth, from many residents in Clane.
‘Following representations that I made to the National Transport Authority (NTA) in connection with providing better public transport service for public transport users in North Kildare, and in particular, to provide an orbital public transport bus route linking towns such as Clane and Maynooth, the NTA informed me that they are considering a bus route linking Naas, Clane, Rathcoffey, Maynooth and Blanchardstown.’
‘I have met with some local businesses and residents in Clane over the weekend and they have agreed to sign a petition to support the proposed bus service. I have asked NUI Maynooth to consider the potential benefit of such a bus service for its staff and students, and I am asking Residents’ Association’s in Clane to also consider and support the proposed service. Obviously the NTA will have to consider the commercial viability of the service, the social inclusivity aspect and overall public transport policy, but I am convinced that it will generate public support, if the service is put in place.’
‘Linking Naas, Clane, Rathcoffey, Maynooth and Blanchardstown would address one of the missing public transport services. Naas, Clane, Maynooth and Blanchardstown are all key employment towns, four towns are key retail centres, Maynooth has a University and three of the towns have hospitals.’
‘We tend, quite rightly, to focus on improving the service for Dublin bound commuters from Kildare, however, we need to consider other public transport needs including linking commuters towns. A reasonable service exists in linking Celbridge, Leixlip and Maynooth and we now need to consider other services,’ stated Deputy O’Rourke.
‘Once we achieve a regular, reliable and inclusive public transport service, we will attract more people to use it and thereby make it more efficient. I am now a public transport user myself and use public transport to commute to the Dail. Public transport is socially inclusive and we need to continue to improve the level of public transport service,’ concluded Deputy O’Rourke.