Bus authority offers extra services after route axed

The National Transport Authority has proposed an additional three buses for the Glen in Cork City and has given a commitment to look at future services.

The No 12 route was axed in August following an NTA review of transport in Cork, a decision which left pensioners with no direct bus link to Blackpool, and schoolchildren who had no direct link to St Aidan’s Community College in Dublin Hill.

NTA has proposed that:

* In the short term and in addition to the services currently being provided on Route 209, the Route 207 will operate the following services on schooldays only via The Glen — the 0815 service from the city centre to operate via Summerhill North, Dillon’s Cross, Ballyhooley Road, Glen Avenue, North Ring Road and onwards to Glenheights; the 1610 service from Glenheights to operate via North Ring Road, Glen Avenue and Ballyhooley Road. That will provide transport options to St Aidan’s and Scoil Oilebheir.

* It is also proposed to divert the 1800 on the Cork to Glenville Route 248 via Glen Avenue, Blackpool Shopping Centre and Old Mallow Road providing an evening return service on Mondays to Saturdays.

The new measures could be implemented by Dec 9.

While local councillor Pat Gosch (FG) welcomed the considerations “as an initial move to facilitate the people of Dublin Hill and The Glen”, fellow councillor Mick Barry (Socialist Party) said the NTA proposal was still much less that the service provided before Aug 25. He said he would not be surprised if a community meeting tomorrow night rejected the offer and decided to escalate protests.


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