Frank O’Rourke TD has welcomed the addition of services on the Naas to Blanchardstown 139 Bus Route
“Recently, additional services were added to the 139 Bus Route servicing Naas to Blanchardstown, via Clane, Rathcoffey Maynooth and Leixlip. One additional service at 7.00am departing Naa…s and one additional evening return service.”
“This service is growing in popularity, students attending college, commuters linking to the train service, people going to work, hospital visits or using other public transport services are examples of the valuable contribution to the area.”
“I campaigned for this Orbital Route and it is now in service for well over a year. We need to increase the number of services on the route and more commuters will use it. I will continue to raise the issue with the National Transport Authority to have the service improved.”
“As we cater for increased demand for public transport, we need to improve the Bus and Rail Services for North Kildare. The Bus and Rail Service for Kilcock needs improvement. Rail service on the Maynooth and Kildare Line need to be improved and we need a connection linking Maynooth to Tallaght via Celbridge and City West.”
Frank O’Rourke TD has called on the National Transport Authority (NTA) and Kildare County Council to provide a Bus Shelter at Rathcoffey
“After working with the communities in Rathcoffey and Clane to secure Orbital Bus Route 139 linking Naas to Blanchardstown via Clane, Rathcoffey, Maynooth and Leixlip, it is now important that we provide adequate supports to support bus commuters, as passengers numbers grow.”
“Passenger numbers on Route 139 reached a peak of 11,500 per 4 week period, in late 2018 and early 2019. I have seen myself at first hand the numbers grow. The Route, since last month, now allows a link to the Sallins train station which is an important link for those using this service and should lead to further growth in passenger numbers.”
Cllr Naoise O’Cearuil has urged Bus Eireann to take action and provide solutions to the many parents in the Greater Maynooth area who currently find them themselves without access to school transport on the eve of the new term.
Naoise said that dozens of parents from Rathcoffey, Kilcock and Maynooth have been in contact with him over the past number of weeks about transport for their children to school. Bus Éireann have told some parents that their children are no longer eligible for school transport and others have been left without any transport after the cancellation of a previous service.
Naoise said, “I’m finding it difficult to get answers from Bus Éireann but parental pressure and demand is key to finding a solution. I’ll keep working hard to get answers and ensure that children have a way to school and that the state provides that service.”
His comments come as Kildare County Council announce that it has decided to allow the HSE to extend the planning permission for a significant extension of Naas General Hospital.
The extension would include a new endoscopy/day services unit as well as Physical medicine and oncology departments.
James commented, “The extension of planning is welcome. However it also serves to highlight the HSE have stalled on this project since the original planning was granted in 2014. The endoscopy unit in particular is badly needed, I have visited the hospital to inspect existing facilities and I have raised this on the floor of the Dail with Minister Simon Harris. Whilst the planning is key and I welcome this decision, it is imperative that the HSE now press ahead with funding and concrete plans to develop this needed extension.”
Frank O’Rourke TD has said that the new Orbital Route bus service which he has campaigned for,from Naas to Blanchardstown via will commence next Monday.
“The preferred bidder for the Orbital Route from Naas to Blanchardstown, Route 139, has been decided and will come into effect on Monday 12th next. It will service Naas to Blanchardstown via Clane, Rathcoffey, Maynooth and Leixlip.”