Age co­or­di­na­tor wel­comes bus ini­tia­tive

Wexford People - - NEWS -

WEX­FORD’S AGE Ac­tion Co­or­di­na­tor has wel­comed the new mea­sure aimed at giv­ing older peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas ac­cess to so­cial­is­ing through the in­tro­duc­tion of a new ‘drink link’ bus scheme.

Speak­ing to this news­pa­per about the ini­tia­tive Ann Marie Laf­fan (pic­tured right) said the new ded­i­cated trans­port link could prove very ben­e­fi­cial for peo­ple liv­ing in iso­lated ru­ral ar­eas.

‘It’s a great idea and I cer­tainly think it’s some­thing that is to be wel­comed be­cause there are peo­ple liv­ing in iso­lated ar­eas who experience iso­la­tion and lone­li­ness and any­thing that com­bats that is to be wel­comed,’ she said.

Un­der the scheme 50 new routes will be in­tro­duced across 19 coun­ties in a sim­i­lar man­ner to the ex­ist­ing ru­ral bus link ini­tia­tive which has proven to be very suc­cess­ful in County Wex­ford.

While the ini­tial phase of the scheme will be in­tro­duced as a pi­lot mea­sure if it’s suc­cess­ful it’s likely that a push will be made to have it ex­panded na­tion­wide de­pend­ing on fund­ing. A sig­nif­i­cant as­pect of the scheme will be that travel pass hold­ers and pen­sion­ers will get to travel free-of-charge and it will run un­til 11 pm at week­ends.

Ms Laf­fan wel­comed the fact that County Wex­ford will have the most routes in the coun­try.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.