Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has said that Bus Eireann have finally decided to listen to Meath commuters following months of letters, meetings and public upset regarding changes to bus routes 103 and 105.
The Meath East TD said “today I received a letter from the National Transport Authority (NTA) confirming that some of the changes to routes 103, 105, 103X and 105X will be amended, while revised changes are to be agreed upon.
“Better late than never, but I welcome the news that Bus Eireann and the NTA have finally decided to listen to Meath Commuters.
“Over the last number of months, when changes to our bus services were mere rumours, there was a great deal of worry amongst commuters. Subsequently, we have seen significant changes implemented by Bus Eireann, from the location of bus stops, route terminus, and amendments to the route itself.
“Together, we have been calling on Bus Eireann and the NTA not to implement any such changes without public consultation. Despite our joint efforts, substantial changes were implemented, which have resulted in the daily commute, for many, increase by over two hours.
Continuing, Doherty said “I have lost count of the number of letters I have sent to Bus Eireann and the NTA on behalf of commuters, most recently requesting a meeting as a matter urgency to discuss the changes to the M2/N2 corridor. I welcome the letter I received from the NTA today which contained a number of temporary measures to be applied as the routes go under review.
“I understand from the NTA, that in the coming days and weeks, Bus Eireann will make available more detailed timetables for all services, including the stops served; all services on route 103 will operate from Ashbourne to Dublin City Centre; an additional early morning service will operate on route 105; and a number of adjustments will be made peak time services for the 103X and the 105X.”
Concluding, Doherty said “over the next number of days, I will be arranging a public meeting whereby we will gather feedback from commuters with a view to submitting our valid concerns and legitimate feedback to Bus Eireann, who, along with the NTA, have agreed to deal with any specific queries.
“We are not out of the woods yet, and I will continue to work with Meath commuters to ensure that we never again find ourselves in a situation whereby people are left without the means, or with limited means, to get to and from work every day on public transport.”