Bandon gets new pilot shuttle bus service
A pilot shuttle bus service has been introduced to Bandon by a group to determine the level of need for transport among older people in the town.
Organised by Age Friendly Bandon, the service became operational in recent weeks.
“We are introducing the service so we can prove the absolute need for this service within our town,” said spokeswoman Carol Crean. A number of studies and interviews with older persons had highlighted problems like lack of accessibility, inclusion, isolation, loneliness and quality of life as some of the more significant issues affecting older people.
When Age Friendly Bandon was set up in June to look at issues affecting older persons, the group felt the Shuttle Bus could address a lot of these problems. The Age Friendly Committee highlighted sev- eral other issues including disabled parking, parking in general, footpath conditions and public toilet issues to local County Council officials at a recent meeting and the group is working on short, medium and long term plans for im- provement. Mary O’Brien, chairperson of the group, said the lack of a footbridge had posed serious problems for people on Bandon’s northside.
Poor footpath surfaces and obstacles like bins and poor car parking practices on North Main Street also made walking more difficult. The survey indicated that people from other parts of the town also felt that one of the things that would improve their quality of life would be access to a shuttle bus service.
“Our committee will be working with all groups to advocate Age Friendliness in Bandon and on this project we felt the best way to show need was to actually roll out the project,” she explained.
The service will be available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday weekly. Timetables are available at The Post Office, at St Michael’s Centre and at all pharmacies in the town. The cost of the return shuttle will be subsidised to €3 while a journey will cost €2 one way.
The older people of Bandon are being urged “to get behind the scheme” and use the service as the usage of the service will highlight the need for a permanent service of this kind in the town, said Ms Crean.
Details available from Murphy Cabs on 023 8844444 from St Michael’s Centre and from Age Friendly Bandon by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook: Age Friendly Bandon.
At the launch of the new Age friendly Bandon Shuttle bus service were committee members Jimmy Sheehan, Rita Carney, St Michael’s Centre, Pat Fitzgerald, Carol Crean PRO Age Friendly Bandon, Eric Murphy of Murphy Cabs, and Pauline Crowley.