Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady has welcomed the commitment by the National Transport Authority (NTA), that the new 131 Bus route between Wicklow Town and Bray is to commence from May 7th. There are also going to be changes to the existing 133 route. The 133-bus service ran from Wicklow Town to Dublin City Centre, servicing Kilmacanogue, and Bray. The new upgraded route will save ten minutes journey time, and the introduction of the new 131 bus service from Wicklow Town to Bray on an hourly basis will address the difficulties of commuters travelling from Wicklow Town to Bray Town Centre. The new timetables have been published and take effect from May 7th
“Having highlighted many of the difficulties and problems faced by commuters over the years on the bus-route. I want to welcome the news from the NTA that from the 7th May the 133 bus-route upgrade will come into effect. With the 133 now by-passing Bray, commuters travelling to Belfield and Dublin City Centre will save ten minutes on their journey time. A new 131 bus route between Wicklow Town and Bray will also come into operation.
The introduction of a new service from Wicklow Town to Bray Town Centre is particularly welcome to those passengers that relied on the 133 to get into Bray. Particularly, students from the Bray Institute of Further Education (BIFI), and the many other commuters who were dependent on the 133.
The new 131 route will address the difficulties encountered by passengers who were previously dependent on the 133 through the provision of the new hourly service directly to the centre of Bray Town and Bray Daily Train Station.
The new 131 route is really welcome and the delivery of the three bus based Park and Ride sites along the N11/M11 in the area of Fassaroe, Ashford, Rathnew, and Kilpedder, are going to be critically important. These are currently in design stage, the NTA intends to commence the planning consent process for Fassaroe in Q2 2023, for Ashford/Rathnew in Q3 2023 and for Kilpedder in Q3/Q4 2023. Subject to planning approval, the aim is to deliver Fassaroe in Q4 2024, Ashford/Rathnew in Q1 2025 and Kilpedder in Q2 2025.
I will continue to campaign for improvements to public transport and infrastructure in Wicklow and will continue to work with the NTA to ensure that Wicklow commuters receive the service that they merit.”