Bus connect plan confirmed for Limerick City

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Senator Maria Byrne at the Bus stop in Barrington St, Limerick Photo by: Kieran Ryan-Benson
Senator Maria Byrne at the Bus stop in Barrington St, Limerick Photo by: Kieran Ryan-Benson

LIMERICK City will get a bus service similar to the BusConnect scheme to deal with its poor public transport system.

So says Fine Gael Senator Maria Byrne, who raised the issue of the poor city bus services operating in the city with Transport Minister Shane Ross.

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Senator Byrne this week confirmed that work is underway to develop a Limerick Shannon Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy, which will evaluate the potential for a BusConnect type investment programme for Limerick.

“I raised the issue with the Minister after being contacted by commuters who are constantly late for school, college and work. Commuters across Limerick City face long bus routes across the city, incorrect real time information on both the NTA Real-Time App and at bus stops,” the Limerick politician explained.

“The strategy will evaluate the potential for a BusConnect type investment programme for Limerick and it will provide the backstop to where the increased levels of investment available will be directed.

“Having recently joined commuters on their daily commute from Limerick City to UL to get a full understanding of the issues faced by regular commuters on Limerick city bus services, I do welcome these long term strategies however the immediate issues facing commuters on a daily basis have to be dealt with. The current situation is having a negative impact on the quality of life of so many people in Limerick City and Bus Éireann needs to address these problems immediately,” she concluded.