Willie O’Dea TD has said that the early morning Bus Éireann and Iarnród Éireann rail services from Limerick to Cork leave alot to be desired. Deputy O’Dea said that at present you cannot arrive in Cork before 9am via either Bus Éireann or Irish Rail.
Willie O’Dea said, “The public transport service between Limerick and Cork is not conducive to commuters or people with early morning appointments in Cork, many of whom are forced to go to Cork for medical appointments that they cannot avail of in Limerick.
“I was recently approached by an individual who had to decline a 9am medical appointment in Cork because they couldn’t find public transport from Limerick that would get them there on time. I was absolutely shocked that this could be the case, but when I checked with Bus Éireann and Iarnród Éireann I found out that the earliest bus arrives at 9.15 into Cork and the earliest train arrives at 9.30 into Cork Kent station. This is simply not good enough for a transport service between the second and third largest cities in the Republic of Ireland.
“The planned motorway between Limerick and Cork is a very welcome development. However, with no motorway in place at present, public transport and in particular Irish Rail should be leading the way and providing a service second to none. Unfortunately, the situation we have at present is second rate instead.
“I intend to raise the matter with the Minister for Transport Shane Ross. I will be asking him if he feels the current early morning timetables for Irish Rail and Bus Éireann between Limerick and Cork are treating the citizens of Limerick in an equal manner to those that he represents in Dublin.” Deputy O’Dea concluded.
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