Deputy Donnelly calls for bus shelters to be installed
THE Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health, Deputy Stephen Donnelly, has called on the National Transport Authority (NTA) to install several new covered bus shelters in the Wicklow area.
The TD for Wicklow and East Carlow has written to Anne Graham, the CEO of the NTA, to highlight the tough reality for the residents of Kilpedder and Newtownmountkennedy/ Garden Village when attempting to avail of public transport.
Deputy Donnelly said: ‘Many residents have expressed serious concern over the lack of bus shelters in these areas. There are a number of bus stops that are very open to the elements which are now causing a considerable hazard due to the absence of any covered shelters, especially during the winter months.
‘I am especially concerned that this is causing major difficulties for elderly residents, who are often particularly dependent on public transport. It is often their only method of transport and when access is restricted it can gradually lead to isolation.
‘Also, as Ireland becomes increasingly conscious about the effects of climate change, and the government seeks to encourages citizens to choose public transport over cars where possible, it is crucial that we provide the infrastructure necessary for people to avail of it. It is simply not reasonable to expect people to bear the brunt of the Irish winter on their way to work,’ he concluded.