Additional bus services benefit commuters on N69

Fine Gael councillor Daniel Butler.

THE Clarina and Ballybrown area has this year benefitted from additional bus services along the N69 bringing commuters into Limerick city centre for school, work, and shopping.

That’s according to Fine Gael councillor Daniel Butler, who says that increased services have in turn seen increased use as the routes now allow people more reasonable access at key commute times.

“It has been great to hear feedback, particularly from parents of students who have been using the service. It really shows that it’s not about waiting for demand it’s about creating services that will in turn create demand sometimes,” Cllr Daniel Butler told the Limerick Post.

Cllr Butler, a member for the Council’s Travel and Transportation Strategic Policy Committee (SPC), added that routes across the city and county have seen a large increase in use over the last year, largely driven by student use as the shortage of student accommodation has made third level learners commute from their homes instead.

“I am delighted to update users that the bus shelter I have been working to deliver has now finally passed the safety audit and been given the green light. The next step is approval by TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland), which should be a formality for the scheme.

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Cllr Butler believes the shelter is likely to be delivered in January or February 2024.

More bus shelters along major routes like the N69 are likely to be delivered over the coming months as the final phase in a current scheme of delivery of shelters from a funding stream in 2023. Another scheme is likely to follow in 2024 as Limerick Council and the NTA work together to improve public transport infrastructure.