Bus Éireann passenger journeys in Limerick City climb by 73,000 in 2016
The number of passenger journeys taken on Bus Éireann Limerick City services grew by 73,000 in 2016, according to preliminary figures released today.
This represented a growth of 2.6% year on year, with 2.888 million passenger journeys recorded across the city network in the last 12 months.
It’s been a very positive year for Limerick city with the introduction of both higher capacity vehicles and additional routes.
A significantly enhanced bus network in Limerick City was introduced this month, in conjunction with the National Transport Authority (NTA).
This has resulted in more daily services, extra capacity at peak times and more buses and drivers.
The highlights include:
- An increase in the total departures across the city network, in particular on weekend & evening services
- The introduction of Route 304A, which will operate every 30 minutes and will link to the University & Monaleen to Raheen via the Bus/Rail Station
- Later services on all routes with the last daily departure from the city centre at 23.30
- Improved Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday Timetables on all routes.
Bus Éireann continues to recognise the importance of Shannon Airport to the region and there were considerable connection improvements again this year, with the introduction of all year round non-stop services between the airport and Galway. In total there are now 19 Expressway services each way between Limerick – Shannon Airport – Galway in addition to 24 services daily between Limerick –Shannon – Ennis on Route 343.
Bus Éireann employs 380 people in the Southwest region and contributes in excess of €45m to the local economy.
This includes payroll and procurement goods and services.
Customers with LeapCards also continue to reap the benefits of discounts of 27% - up from 24% in 2015 – on single trips throughout the city network.
Bus Éireann Regional Manager Southwest, Miriam Flynn said that the 73,000 extra passenger journeys in 2016 was testament to the improved network:
“We have worked hard with the NTA this year to deliver service improvements for our customers.
It’s great to see the growth and we believe this will continue in 2017, as more enhancements are made.”
Thursday, 29th December, 2016