Portlaoise/Cashel bus service returns

The Portlaoise to Cashel bus service has been reactivated, following a public outcry at the scrapping of the service last year.

The Portlaoise to Cashel bus service has been reactivated, following a public outcry at the scrapping of the service last year.

Laois-Offaly TD Charlie Flanagan has revealed that following a number of public meetings in Durrow and Abbeyleix, the bus service is to be reintroduced serving Portlaoise and Cashel, with a stop in Urlingford.

“There was a gap in the schedule following the withdrawal of the route by CIE last year,” said Dep Flanagan. “The new service will operate three round trips between Portlaoise and Cashel Monday to Saturday, with additional services on Sunday and Friday evenings, for people going to and from work and college.”

The contract for the new service has been awarded to M & A Coached Ltd, Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny. As well as Portlaoise/Cashel, the route will link up with the 828 service which operates Portlaoise, Abbeyleix, Durrow, and Johnstown. There will also be a connection line with other services between Cork and Dublin.

Dep Flanagan said there had been a lot of anger locally when the service was cut last year and a number of public meetings were held. The deputy said he is pleased to see the reactivation of the withdrawn service.

“This service should be of benefit to commuters and travellers,” Dep Flanagan concluded.