It’s ‘not Fare’ As Almost 1500 Sign Petition For Cheaper Bus Tariffs In East Cork

By Seamus Whelehan

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Cork County Council will be asked on Monday to compel the National Roads Authority to carry out a review of bus fares across the County.
The call comes following an online petition seeking better fares for East Cork bus passengers, has hit almost 1500 signatures.
The matter is to be raised at full Council after a Motion tabled by Fianna Fail Cllr James O’Connor received full backing from the East Cork Municipality earlier this month.
The Killeagh based representative set up the online appeal to have the NTA reduce its “extraordinarily high fares” on the route 40 Waterford to Cork bus service.
Commuters who travel from Youghal and Midleton to Cork City and vice versa are paying more than double that of a passenger who boards the coach in Dungarvan or Waterford city.
On the Route 40 service from Cork to Waterford, a return bus fare from Dungarvan to Cork city (75km) costs €9.50 - half the cost of the same journey from Youghal to Cork City (48km) €19.
It is also cheaper to travel from Dungarvan to Cork than to travel from either Killeagh (36km) €18.04, Castlemartyr (31km) €15.10 or Midleton (22km) to the same destination €11.40.
“The fare charges from Youghal onwards are extraordinarily high” said Cllr O’Connor
“A ten day return ticket is €68.50, which is the cost of a full tank of diesel a week. Where is the incentive for people to leave their car at home, if they are living in an urban area of Youghal or Midleton?” he questioned.
Earlier this month Bus Eireann Services Manager, Tim O’Leary, told the Fianna Fail Cllr that he was unable to rectify the variance in the fare structure which, Mr O’Connor indicated, was “completely unjustified.”
Mr O’Leary said while all residents in East Cork pay higher tariffs, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has the power to bring balance to the network.
He said the company was allowed to offer “promotional fares” on the company’s Expressway Service but not on routes controlled by the NTA.

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