Bus Éireann announces improved services on three Mayo routes

BUS Éireann has announced significantly enhanced services and timetables, which come into effect today (Sunday).

In conjunction with the National Transport Authority (NTA), the company will offer customers improved services across the country in counties Galway, Kerry, Louth and Mayo.

Twenty-one new jobs have also been created, based in Ballina, Dundalk and Tralee.

The route upgrades were identified by the NTA and will include enhanced frequency in weekday and Saturday timetables, improved morning and evening peak services, new Sunday timetables as well as introducing new locations/towns such as a year-round service between Clifden and Westport.

The funding was made available through the government’s July stimulus plan which will lead to the creation of more than 110 new jobs in public transport.

Routes included within the service enhancements introduced today are:

Route 168 - Dundalk / Drogheda

Route 275 - Tralee / Dingle

Route 423 - Westport / Clifden

Route 446 - Blacksod – Belmullet – Ballina

Route 450 - Achill Island – Westport – Louisburgh

Updated service details and timetables are available at https://buseireann.ie/.

Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton said the improved services will play an important role in enhancing rural connectivity in Galway, Mayo, Louth and Kerry while also supporting local job creation.

NTA CEO Anne Graham commented: “The enhancement of these Bus Eireann services will come as good news for communities in Kerry, Galway, Mayo and Louth. We have worked closely with Bus Eireann to identify areas where improved service levels could make a real and immediate difference.

“We hope to announce the rollout of enhancements on further routes in the coming weeks.”

Stephen Kent, Chief Executive Officer, Bus Éireann. “Thanks to the National Transport Authority, we can expand these important services, adding 1.1 million kilometres for our customers while creating 21 new driver jobs.

“We will continue to work together with the NTA to increase connectivity across the country for local communities, keeping Ireland connected.”

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