New park and ride service for commuters
A NEW park and ride service operating from The Beehive should offer some relief to frustrated commuters sick and tired of the daily ‘rat race’ to and from Dublin.
Passengers travelling on the 740A Wexford bus service that operates between Arklow, Wicklow and Dublin City and Airport up to nine times daily can now avail of free parking at the Beehive. The new park and ride service started on Monday.
The Wicklow Town Team has spent a considerable amount of time holding discussions with Wexford Bus about ways pressures can be eased on commuters from Wicklow. O’Reilly Hyland of The Beehive has agreed to facilitate the programme by opening up the carpark of the Beehive Pub at Junction 18 on the M11. Motorists will be able to park at The Beehive and then avail of coach services provided by Wexford Bus.
Brendan Crowley Managing Director of Wexford Bus said: ‘We are always looking at ways to enhance the service that we offer and are delighted that The Beehive are so generously facilitating the people of Wicklow by offering this park and ride. With journey times from The Beehive to UCD of less than one hour the 740A is an ideal way for students and commuters to travel and we are confident that this will be well received by our passengers.’
Enda Luddy, Wicklow Town Team, said: ‘We are delighted that this project has come to fruition. Wexford Bus has been operating the 740A service for over a year now and with the start of another academic year upon us we feel the timing of this new park and ride facility at The Beehive is ideal for Wicklow town.’
A survey commissioned by Wicklow County Council which was published in January of this year revealed that 74 per cent of commuters travelling out of the county to work were unhappy with their commute. 65,759 of County Wicklow residents regularly commute either to work, representing 92 per cent of the working population. Of these, 44 per cent remain in Wicklow and 56 per cent leave the county.
Cllr Irene Winters, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, has welcomed the announcement but would still like the National Transport Authority (NTA) to carry out further works to ensure quicker commute times along the N11.
‘It’s a really welcome development until we get a commitment from the NTA to sort out the N11 and help with congestion. The Wicklow Town Team have put a lot of work into this behind the scenes and really helped move things along. It’s a great idea and I would encourage as many people as possible to try it out. In the meantime I would also like the NTA to look into making the hard shoulder a bus corridor, especially along key pinch points on the N11,’ said Cllr Winters.
The 740A Route operates up to nine daily services in each direction.
Services start in Gorey and then serve Arklow Town, Jack Whites Cross, Ballincor, The Beehive, Wicklow Town and Rathnew bringing passengers from South Wicklow to UCD, Dublin City and Dublin Airport.
Wexford Bus Park n Ride at The Beehive.