Following the good spell of weather Wicklow has seen over the past week, many have questioned the lack of a local bus service to bring people to and from beaches in the Brittas area on the weekend.
There were numerous issues and concerns with traffic in the area, despite warnings from Gardaí, with car parks reported at full capacity on Sunday morning, and illegal parking continuing to be rampant at Magerhamore beach and Brittas Bay beach.
Wicklow TD Jennifer Whitmore has said she is disappointed that Government has refused to fund a local transport bus route.
TD Whitmore has previously called for a coastal Local Link bus to transport people north and south of Wicklow Town to the beaches, but was turned down despite associated costs including Garda traffic management, towing and the danger involved when emergency vehicles cannot pass.
“I’ve been writing to the NTA for a number of years outlining the social, environmental and cost benefits to this proposal but to no avail,” she said.
“Instead, it will be up to a private operator who is interested in providing a coastal service to bring people to and from popular beaches in Wicklow,” she added.
“I hope that anyone who is interested will pursue this and see this as a real opportunity not just for business but for the area as well so that we can all enjoy our wonderful amenities in a sustainable way.”
Whitmore said she will continue to put pressure on the Minister for Transport to proivde funding for similar local initiatives “which make sense for many different reasons”.