Scrapped – the bus service most people didn’t know even existed
THE DUBLIN to Wicklow weekend nightrider service has been scrapped though it appears many potential Bus Éireann customers weren’t even aware it existed.
Initially established in the run in to Christmas of last year, the service began in early December of 2007 saw buses leaving Busáras in the City Centre on Friday night/Saturday morning at 12.30 a.m. and 3 a.m.., and the same times on Saturday night/Sunday morning.
However, the service was terminated as from the weekend just gone.
Wicklow Town Mayor John O’Brien feels Bus Éireann didn’t properly take advantage of the service.
‘I don’t feel they advertised it very well. Lots of people I have talked to weren’t aware of its existence.’
He believes that the service would have been used on a much more regular basis if people were only aware of the nightrider.
‘Obviously it would be very handy for young people who wanted to go out into the City Centre with friends and enjoy a few pints. But other, shall we say not so young people, would have used it as well. If you wanted to go to the theatre and then have a quick drink afterwards you could still be back in Wicklow well before 2 a.m..’
The Dublin to Wicklow nightrider also took in Kilmacanogue, Newtownmountkennedy, Newcastle, Ashford and Rathnew.
According to Mayor O’Brien, ‘I know the service is doing well in other counties who wouldn’t have the same population as Wicklow. I just don’t think Bus Éireann sold it well enough. People didn’t know anything about it.’