Whitmore calls for action to address the shambles that is the Go Ahead Bus Service in Wicklow

Social Democrats TD for Wicklow Jennifer Whitmore has called for immediate action to address the shambles that is the service provided by Go Ahead in Wicklow including the 185, 184, 145 and the 45a. Deputy Whitmore says constituents have consistently, over the past year, reported buses passing them at stops, buses not letting people off at their desired stop, and buses not showing up.

“For the guts of a year I have now been raising concerns about Go Ahead bus services in North Wicklow with the National Transport Authority, and the Minister, and have corresponded with and met Go Ahead directly,” says Deputy Whitmore.

“In the first instance, a year ago when I first raised the issue, the excuse used to explain the inadequate service was Covid and recently, in a meeting with Go Ahead, I’ve been given the same excuse that the recruitment issue they are facing is covid related. A year later, this is simply not good enough. We are already nearing the mid-term break and school children are still, seven weeks after the start of term being left behind at a bus stop or driven passed by a bus or waiting for a delayed service to take them to school and inevitably arriving late.”

“It is simply not fair that parents have to miss a morning’s work so that they can ensure that their child gets to school safely – or miss a morning’s work because the bus service that they were depending on didn’t show.”

“From a safety perspective, it is wholly unacceptable that young girls are abandoned at a bus stop waiting for a bus that doesn’t come, comes late or passes them by.”

“In a time of crisis when we are concerned with the cost of living and we are all encouraged to take public transport, it’s a joke that the public transport provided for the people of Wicklow is so unreliable that people are forced back to their cars.”

“I previously called for intervention by the Minister for Transport on this issue over five months ago. Clearly, this hasn’t happened and no amount of talk of NTA fines have resolved the issue – so I call on the Minister once again to give this issue his immediate attention and intervene so that the people of Wicklow can trust in a reliable and safe bus service.

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