Cork County Council Secure Agreement for New Bus Shelters in East Cork

By Seamus Whelehan

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Public transport users in East Cork may be offered some shelter from the elements.
After many years of campaigning, the National Transport Authority (NTA) have committed to funding new bus shelters across East Cork.
The Council’s Transport and Travel Directorate are working with the NTA to identify suitable locations.
Senior Engineer Cork Roads, Dave Clarke, told the July Sitting of the East Cork Municipality that a number of shelters are earmarked for East Cork, but he would not commit to the amount or possible locations.
He said in the past Bus Eireann outsourced their contract to an advertising agency, who based their decision on locations that would provide the greatest advertising revenue.
“That approach is now gone, the NTA is dealing bus shelters, and their assessment is based on the need of the user, rather than advertising revenue.”
Mr Clarke was responding to a Motion tabled by Independent Cllr Noel Collins requesting Bus Éireann to erect a bus-shelter in Whitegate village, and extend its Ballinacurra hourly bus service to cover Upper Aghada and Whitegate.
The Senior Engineer said that, while the Local Authority had the shelters in hand, it is Bus Eireann who is responsible for the bus service.
In 2014 the then Transport Minister, Alan Kelly, promised €7 million worth of funding for improved cycle paths and bus shelters throughout the country.
Part of a €200 million stimulus package announced by Government, the Minister at that time stated the funding would improve our public transport system, and create at least 40 new bus shelters in rural areas such as Killeagh and Castlemartyr.
The modest amount of funding has led to the carrying out by Local Authority of an Audit of stopping points, to identify the areas of greatest need.
Cllr Noel Collins said he has been raising the bus issues for over three decades.

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