Affordable and reliable public transport needed in Limerick

The 303 bus service has been the subject of sustained criticism from Limerick commuters.

LIMERICK’S TDs have been asked to back a Sinn Féin Dáil motion to deliver affordable, reliable and safe public transport in Limerick.

The call came from Limerick City TD Maurice Quinlivan who said that Sinn Féin has a detailed, fully costed plan to transform public transport in Limerick.

“Unfortunately we know all too well in Limerick how many communities are let down by transport networks that are patchy, subject to severe delays, or simply feel unsafe to travel on.

“It isn’t good enough,” he declared.

“We need to see a public transport system that meets the needs of communities in Limerick. This must include affordable fares, reliable services, and a transport police unit to ensure that all passengers can feel safe on their journeys.

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“It’s clear that the public transport system is failing far too many communities due to years of under-investment from government after government.

“It’s time for leadership and for a detailed plan to ensure that the public transport system finally meets the needs of passengers across the State.

“We cannot expect people to forgo their car if they cannot depend on the bus service arriving at their scheduled stop on time. It has been noted by many users that routes such as the 303 are unreliable.

“I was contacted by one resident of Delmege Park who waited forty minutes for a bus that is meant to arrive every 15 minutes. People cannot incorporate public transport into their lifestyle if it is not dependable.

“This is an opportunity to ensure a just transition towards environmental sustainability, by encouraging more people to use public transport. It can also boost the economy across the island, by connecting our villages, towns and cities,” he concluded.