Concerns raised about poor public transport connectivity in North Clare



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Concerns have been expressed about poor public transport connectivity in North Clare.

It is understood that the 350 service serving Ennistymon at Ennis has not arrived in town on time in recent days.

This prompted calls for a review of Bus Eireann’s operations in the region.

Chairman of the North Clare Labor Party and member of the Save Our Shannon group, Denis Vaughan. says the region is forgotten when it comes to public transport.

Bus Eireann Declaration:

Bus Éireann, Ireland’s national bus service, operates the country’s most extensive public transport network, playing a vital role in connecting communities across the country.

Last year, Bus Éireann, funded by the National Transportation Authority as part of the government’s July stimulus package, announced significant improvements to Clare’s services and schedules. Service improvements to Clare included a new two-way Sunday service between Scariff / Limerick on Route 345 as well as improvements connecting Kilkee directly to Doonbeg and Lahinch by public transport for the first time on Route 336.

Bus Éireann is currently working with the National Transport Authority on modernizing and improving the infrastructure of bus stops nationwide. These improvements across the country include County Clare where there are plans to replace and / or repair a number of bus poles on an ongoing basis over the next several months.

Bus Éireann operates lines 333, 336 and 350 on behalf of the National Transport Authority (NTA) and has carried nearly 50,000 passengers on these services since the start of this year. There have been minimal issues with canceled services on these routes over the past six weeks based on our records. If the exact date of the reported cancellation is available, we will investigate further. We encourage customers to file their complaints with our Bus Éireann customer service which can be contacted on LoCall 1850 836 611 or by e-mail: [email protected]

Occasionally it is possible that a service will not function due to unforeseen operational issues, when this does occur every effort is made to keep customers informed and to minimize delays. County Clare is a major tourist destination and has seen a significant increase in “stay” tourist traffic over the summer. This increase in road traffic volumes has an impact on the operating speed of our services and has an impact on the punctuality of some of our services. Of course, we are always striving to improve this and the punctuality performance of all routes is constantly reviewed and our goal is to continuously improve performance.


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