Bus ser­vice builds on lo­cal links with Iver­agh com­mu­nity

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS - By TADHG EVANS

A NON-PROFIT agent of the Na­tional Trans­port Au­thor­ity with char­i­ta­ble sta­tus, Lo­cal Link Kerry have com­menced both new and en­hanced bus ser­vices for the Iver­agh penin­sula, a con­tin­u­a­tion of its ef­forts to bring greater con­nec­tiv­ity to ru­ral Ire­land.

The ser­vices con­nect the town­lands, towns and parishes of Aghatubride, Ballinskel­ligs, Caherdaniel, Castle­cove, Dro­mid, Gleensk, Kells, Port­magee, The Glen, Valen­tia, Ca­her­civeen, Glen­beigh and Kil­lor­glin, pro­vid­ing door-to-door col­lec­tions in the out­lin­ing town­lands where pos­si­ble. Adult sin­gle tick­ets will cost from €4 to €10 de­pend­ing on length of jour­ney, with re­turn, weekly, stu­dent, and chil­dren of­fers also avail­able. Free Travel passes are also ac­cepted.

“Th­ese ser­vices will sup­port greater con­nec­tiv­ity and link­ages for the ru­ral pop­u­la­tion as well as the tourists who wish to visit the area,” Lo­cal Link Kerry Gen­eral Man­ager Carmel Walsh ex­plained to The Ker­ry­man.

“Also in most of the ar­eas listed, the bus routes have been de­signed to al­low for door-to-door pick­ups, mean­ing we can reach as many parts of ru­ral south Kerry as pos­si­ble.”

The in­de­pen­dent non-profit com­pany, de­liv­ered en­tirely by con­tracted bus op­er­a­tors, al­ready op­er­ates a range of routes through­out the county, and in 2016 fa­cil­i­tated over 133,000 pas­sen­ger trips, now man­ag­ing some 150 ser­vices weekly.

A full run­down on prices, times and days of op­er­a­tion is avail­able from www.lo­call­inkkerry. ie, with Iver­agh-spe­cific in­for­ma­tion at www. lo­call­inkkerry.ie/iver­agh-penin­sula/.

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