The 183 Local Link bus service was officially launched on Friday last as Wicklow TDs Andrew Doyle, Simon Harris and Pat Casey were present to cut the ribbon to mark the official commencement of the service from Wicklow Town to Glendalough.
The service began running on Monday, April 15th, but held it’s official launch at the beginning of the June bank holiday weekend.
The new service, which was introduced to connect the county town of Wicklow to tourist hotspot Glendalough, also takes in stops in Rathnew, Ashford, Annamoe, Roundwood and Laragh.
The service departs Wicklow Gaol at 10.35am, 2.25pm and 5.45pm from Monday to Friday, with three additional evening services at 7.45pm, 10pm and 11.45pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Buses depart from Glendalough Vistors Centre from Monday to Friday at 8.15am , 1.30pm, 3.30pm and 6.35pm. There will also be nightime services departing Glendalough at 9pm and 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Wicklow Fianna Fáil TD welcomed the service, mentioning it would connect tourists to attractions in both areas, as well as easing traffic congestion in the Laragh/Glendalough area.
“The new 183 bus service from Glendalough to Wicklow Town is a very welcome development and one in which I have been seeking for many years. This service will allow users of public transport such as rail users to access Wicklow’s most famous attraction.
“In conjunction with the Laragh-Glendalough traffic plan, this should ease the congestion caused by cars which are flooding the area. For people of Wicklow Town, this service allows them to ditch the car and take an affordable and scenic method of accessing Glendalough and all the family friendly activities the iconic valley has to offer.
“From our own point of view in Glendalough we are constantly getting phone calls from tourists in Wicklow town looking to get to Glendalough. The only way to get public transport is to go back to Bray for a bus which only leaves for Glendalough once a day. This new bus service means we can link the visitors experience of Glendalough with the experience in Wicklow Gaol. It will help pull them both together,” said Casey.
Fine Gael TD Andrew Doyle believes the new service is a game-changer for Wicklow as businesses will benefit from the new connections between small communities in the county.
“I am delighted that we will now have a direct bus link from Wicklow town to Glendalough with the new 183 route. It’ll be a game-changer for the people and businesses of Wicklow, connecting smaller villages with Wicklow Town. It’s a significant step forward for Wicklow as a tourist destination.
“Glendalough is one of Ireland’s most beautiful and historical sites and it is fantastic that there is now more access to it. Up to now, visitors travelled from Dublin to enjoy Glendalough and would then have to make their way back to Dublin. This new route will open up Wicklow to tourists and enable Wicklow Town to become the base for exploring this beautiful county,” said Doyle.