FUNDING has been secured for replacement bus services for the 307/308 routes in Limerick City that were discontinued by the Dublin Coach company in early July, according to the National Transport Authority (NTA).
In a response to a query from Limerick Sinn Féin senator Paul Gavan, the NTA stated that their evaluation concluded that a public service obligation exists to provide the much-needed service.
This was because of 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 the 307 and 308 services was a major blow to residents of Newtown, Castletroy and Annacotty, Senator Gavan described them as essential services for working families, students and pensioners.
“The NTA had previously written to me to confirm that they were carrying out an evaluation. This confirmation of funding for a new service should hopefully see services restored in the coming weeks.”
“I had received a large number of representations on this topic from service users in the Castletroy area, and its good to see that the NTA have listened,” he added.