Scrapped – the bus ser­vice most peo­ple didn’t know even ex­isted

Bray People - - Bray People - Myles BUCHANAN

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.’

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