FUNDING has been secured for replacement bus services for Limerick City’s 307/308 routes which were discontinued by Dublin Coach in early July, according to the National Transport Authority (NTA).
In response to a question from Limerick Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan, the NTA said their assessment concluded that a public service obligation exists to provide the essential service.
This was due to the high number of people and businesses in the area and the lack of public transport resulting from the withdrawal of the Dublin Coach service.
The response added that the NTA has developed a service specification and received funding approval for a potential replacement service.
Stating that the withdrawal of 307 and 308 services has been a blow to residents of Newtown, Castletroy and Annacotty, Senator Gavan described them as essential services for working families, students and retirees.
“The NTA had previously written to me to confirm that they were carrying out an assessment. This confirmation of funding for a new service should hopefully restore services in the coming weeks. »
‘I had received a large number of representations on this subject from service users in the Castletroy area, and it is good to see that the NTA has listened,’ he added.