Representatives from the National Transport Authority, Bus Eireann and Iarnod Eireann are to be invited to a meeting with Wicklow County Council elected representatives to discuss poor services being provided to Wicklow commuters, according to Councillor Paul O’Brien.
The Labour Party councillor and future General Election candidate announced on Facebook that he proposed inviting the transport bodies to a meeting with the council, stating that councillors should be given the right to question these companies on the quality of their services.
Speaking on Facebook, O’Brien commented: ” At today’s County Council meeting I requested that the Council invite representatives of the NTA, Bus Eireann & Iarnod Eireann to a council meeting to discuss the poor services they are providing to the commuters of Wicklow, especially in the South & the West of the County.
“I believe Councillors should be given the right to question these representations & to see how they are going to improve their services once & for all. I’m glad to say that the council have agreed to invite the representatives down, so I’ll keep you posted on any developments.”
O’Brien also recommended that the Local Link service connecting Wicklow Town and Glendalough should be deployed at rush hour for commuters to best utilise the service.
“I also proposed that in the meantime the bus from Wicklow Town to Glendalough be used during rush hour in the winter months to transport people to Greystones Dart Station. I don’t see the logic in sending an empty bus to Glendalough when it could be offering this service for hard pressed commuters,” said O’Brien.
The Labour councillor concluded his post by mentioning his plans to have the wintertime cost of parking in Brittas Bay carpark reduced.
” I also brought up about the cost of parking in Brittas Bay car parks during the winter. I think its wrong that it costs €4 to park in the depths of Winter which is the same as it is in the height of summer.
“I’ve proposed reducing this to €1 during the winter & any monies collected to be ring fenced & go towards the protection of this wonderful amenity on our doorstep. This is going to be reviewed by the SPC now for review, so I’m hoping for a positive outcome,” concluded O’Brien.
At present, Wicklow residents commuting to Dublin are served by two bus services; Bus Eireann 133 and Wexford Bus 740A. To access Dublin by train, rail users must use the Rosslare Europort service.