‘Bus services must match investment in bus lanes – no room for mere taxi speedways’
Despite the delays to the major road improvements at Westside, the new bus lanes on the Seamus Quirke and Bishop O’Donnell roads are nearing completion.
In response to queries from Galway West TD, Seán Kyne, City Direct, the private bus company, has confirmed that regular bus services will run the full length of the bus lanes and that frequencies will increase in line with the expected increases in passenger numbers.
Commented Deputy Kyne: “I am delighted with the positive response from City Direct which will benefit thousands of residents in Westside, Salthill and Knocknacarra by providing a faster, more efficient public transport option.
“Prioritising public transport by introducing Quality Bus Corridors, more frequent services and bus shelters has been transformational in other cities in Ireland in alleviating traffic congestion. However, it is vital that the new bus lanes be carefully monitored. Motorists must also benefit from the road improvements and restricting bus lanes to peak-times must be considered if we are to avoid creating mere taxi speed-ways.
“I commend City Direct for its initiative and its reply to my enquiries which were prompted by concerns expressed to me by residents of Knocknacarra. I am disappointed, however, by the lack, as yet, of a reply from Bus Éireann to the same queries and I call on the National bus company to outline its plans for bus services in the west of the city.
“Any such services much match the investment provided by Government, the City Council and the Transportation Unit,” concluded Deputy Kyne.