TDs welcome temporary reinstatement of 4pm 885 bus service to bring stranded children home from school

Social Democrats TD for Wicklow Jennifer Whitmore and West Wicklow Local Area Representative Deirdre McCormack have welcomed today’s announcement from the NTA and Local Link that they will be operating a 4pm 885 bus service between Sallins train station and Ballymore Eustace via Naas and Blessington until December 22nd 2023.

The recent expansion of the 885 local link bus route and introduction of a new timetable on November 20th had caused several issues for local school children who had been relying on the previous 4pm 885 bus service to get home from school. The removal of this service from the new timetable had been the cause of much stress and worry for families who were left with no way to get their children home to Blessington and Ballymore Eustace from school in Naas and Blessington.

Deirdre McCormack explained the significance of today’s announcement, “this is fantastic news for the families who have been negatively impacted by the removal of the 4pm bus service. Jennifer Whitmore and I have been working with these families since the new 885 bus timetable was announced at the start of November and this issue became apparent. At least 14 children were impacted by the removal of the 4pm bus service and this was causing a significant amount of anxiety and worry for their parents and the children themselves.”

“We raised this issue with the NTA and worked with them to find a solution so that these children would have a way to get home from school. We will continue to work with the NTA and Local Link to find a permanent solution to ensure that this situation is not repeated when the schools return in January,” added Ms McCormack.

Deputy Jennifer Whitmore commented, “I am delighted that a solution was able to be found to help get these children home from school and to ensure that public transport remains a viable option for them on their school commute. We need to continue to increase and expand our public transport routes in West Wicklow and throughout the county, but we also need to listen to local communities and ensure that the service provided works for them and their transport needs.”

“Deirdre McCormack and I will continue to work with the NTA, Local Link and the local community to promote accessible and viable public transport options that work for the communities here,” concluded Ms Whitmore.

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