New park and ride ser­vice for com­muters

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

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.

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