Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Plans for the creation of a Roscommon Town bus service have moved a step closer following a meeting with ‘Local Link’ bus providers. The organisation recently addressed members of Roscommon County Council at an authority meeting.

The proposed service would provide a bus service for Roscommon Town and its immediate environs as well as providing a bus link to nearby villages such as Fuerty, Kilteevan and Cloontuskert. Members of the Roscommon Town Team recently established a local link bus sub-committee.

Local Fianna Fáil Councillor Orla Leyden raised the issue when meeting Local Link bus service manager for Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim, Camilla Kelly who addressed the meeting of Roscommon County Council.

Cllr Leyden is one of six members of the Town Team’s local link sub-committee, the others being local Town Team Chairperson Larry Brennan, local Independent Cllr Kathleen Shanagher, Helen McGinty, Theresa Murray and Bernie Kearney.

“There are varying needs for such a service in town and in areas serviced by the town. For people living in areas like The Walk and Galway Road areas, it can be difficult to get into the centre of town for younger or older people who may not have access to a car.

“There is a local link service from Boyle to Roscommon Town but for villages such as Cloontuskert and Kilteevan, there is no service into town. This service isn’t designed to be in competition with local taxi services. It’s for people who wish to get into town independently,” said Cllr Leyden.

“The town is growing and the need for a new round town bus service reflects this.

“For visitors, a new bus service would help. I know of one lady who visits the town to see her father and because of the lack of a bus, they find it difficult to access some parts of the town – every urban centre has a ‘round town’ bus service – it’s a basic, practical service.” Cllr. Leyden says she had prepared a hard copy survey and online version with Roscommon Town Team to demonstrate the need for such a bus service.

The survey is available at Roscommon Tourist Office during office opening hours. The cut-off point for receipt of submissions is Friday, March 29th which can also be emailed to [email protected]

An on-line survey on survey monkey will be promoted via social media on the Roscommon Town Team Facebook page. This is now live, and the community is encouraging people to share the survey findings with friends and family.

Cllr Leyden said the survey was short and to the point taking no more than two minutes to complete.

The objective is to establish how many people would be interested in using the service, where they are living, what times of day they would like to use the service and the nature of why they wish to use such a service.

People will be asked to specify if they wish to use the service for work, pre-school, crèche facilities, school, shopping, hospitalappointments, clinics, primary healthcare, socially, recreationally, for sport or for other requirements.

Once gathered, the information will be collated by Cllr Leyden and sent to Camilla Kelly, the Local Link Manager. Cllr. Leyden has appealed to residents interested in a new service to complete the survey so that a compelling case can be made for a Local link bus service in the County Town and villages and rural areas into Roscommon.

If successful, Cllr Leyden said she was hopeful Local Link would then advertise a tendering process for a new bus service serving the greater Roscommon Town area and nearby villages by this summer.

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