Public Transport

  • As Galway city continues to develop and grow, an integrated public transport system is now a priority, along with housing and health facilities.

    That's according to Galway Independent TD Catherine Connolly.

    She says that, 14 years after park & ride facilities were proposed for the east and west of the city, no progress has been made, and suitable sites have not yet been identified.

    Deputy Connolly says park and ride facilities, along with a light rail system, would help to take traffic off the congested roads in the city.

  • Face coverings look set to be made mandatory on public transport as capacity increases to 50 per cent.

    The cabinet is expected to sign off on the plans at a meeting this evening.

    It's also expected to approve moving to phase three of easing restrictions from Monday - after the National Public Health Emergency Team meets this morning. 

     

  • People must wear face coverings while on public transport from now on, or they will be refused entry onto buses and trains.

    That's the warning from Mayo FG Deputy Alan Dillon, who says the travelling public should wear face coverings, to protect themselves and others from Covid-19.

    Deputy Dillon says the people of Mayo have done so well in following public health advice since the start of the pandemic, and have managed to flatten the curve due to our combined efforts, but we must remain vigilant and protect ourselves and our communities by continuing to follow public health advice.

  • The Transport Minister has confirmed facemasks are set to become compulsory on public transport and it will be an offence to not comply.

    Minister Shane Ross will bring the recommendation to Cabinet today.

    Capacity on buses and trains will be increased to 50 percent from Monday as part of the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

    Minister Ross says it will be an offence if commuters don't wear a face covering on a bus, train or the Luas.

  • Most public transport services are returning to a normal schedule today.

    Bus Eireann says the majority of their services have resumed but some delays are expected on certain routes.

    Irish Rail is operating most routes with the exception of a small number which are expected to return tomorrow.

    Ireland West Airport Knock is open and fully operational, as it was yesterday. So far this morning the Ryanair Stansted flight has landed and the London Luton service is due at 11.30am.

    The Luas Green Line will operate a limited service from 11am this morning while the Red Line is operating from the Red Cow to The Point.

     

    Dublin Bus services have resumed with some minor disruptions to schedules.

     

  • No one without a ticket will get within two kilometres of the village of Knock on Sunday August 26th when Pope Francis visits the Shrine. That’s the clear message from Garda Superintendent Tom Calvey of Claremorris garda station.

    Speaking to Midwest News he said the public with tickets for the occasion are being encouraged, where possible, to take public transport to the shrine.

    Supt Calvey said generally people who access Knock by public transport will have a lot less walking to do than those who arrive in private cars on Sunday August 26th.

    Irish Rail is expected to increase services to Claremorris on the day and bus transfers will be in place to transport pilgrims to Knock from the station.

    Parish groups are being urged to travel by private mini bus or coach.

    Talks are underway at present between Mayo county council and farmers in the area to establish additional carparking facilities in fields.

    Supt Calvey explains that if ticket holders all travelled by car to Knock, it would require parking for in excess of 20,000 cars. He said 9,600 would take up 28km of hard shoulder to park. Therefore he said the message is, where possible, please use public transport.

     He said there is already an increased garda operation at both the village of Knock and Ireland West Airport Knock, where Pope Francis will arrive on the Sunday morning.

    He said that garda operation will be significantly increased closer to the visit.

    The N17 is expected to be closed to traffic for up to 24 hours around the visit.

    Pope Francis is due to arrive at Ireland West Airport Knock at 9.20am and be in the Church at Knock Shrine about twenty five minutes later . He will leave knock Shrine at 10.45am and will be back at the airport for an 11.10am flight to Dublin and onto the Mass for the World Meeting of Families that will be celebrated in the Phoenix Park in the afternoon.

  • An enhanced cleaning regime is required immediately on all public transport services across the country in light of the coronavirus outbreak, that’s the view of Sligo deputy Marc MacSharry, the Fianna Fail spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport.

    He has contacted the National Transport Authority asking for an update on the cleaning regime underway across the bus and train network and insisting that whatever is required to ensure effective cleaning is in place.

    There were 290 million passenger journeys on public transport last year in this country and the deputy says passengers using the services must be protected.