Fianna Fáil TD for Clare Timmy Dooley has called on the National Transport Authority (NTA) to implement a joined up timetable for bus and rail services in West Clare. Deputy Dooley says the current timetable arrangements do not make sense as trains depart Ennis ten minutes before buses are scheduled to arrive.

Deputy Dooley commented, “The current timetable for bus and rail services in West Clare is disjointed. For example the 9.00 Kilkee to Ennis bus service arrives in Ennis ten minutes after the train has departed. Similarly the 15.25 Dublin to Ennis train arrives into the station ten minutes after the previous bus has departed. This means that people looking to make a connection from bus to rail services may have to wait for up to an hour before they can begin the next leg of their journey.

“It makes sense to ensure that the bus and train timetables are connected. It will make it easier for commuters to travel to and from work and will allow older people to get into urban areas without worrying about having to wait a long time to get their next bus or train. A joined up timetable would also allow greater access to West Clare for tourists. Overall such a move would encourage greater use of public transport, and this is to be welcomed.

“I am calling on the NTA to examine the proposals that have been put forward by community groups such as Uplift calling for joined up bus and rail timetables. If there is any scope to improve the public transport experience for passengers in West Clare then this is something that the NTA must achieve.”