Local Link amends services
Local Link evening services on Door to Door routes (DRT) are being suspended in Laois, Offaly and other counties, effective immediately.
These resources will instead be redeployed, where practical, to the delivery of community support service for passengers who need medical and food supplies within rural areas, in particular the elderly, the vulnerable, and the sick.
In line with the announcement by the government on Thursday March 12th, the National Transport Authority (NTA) confirms that public transport services will continue to run and all other Local Link services shall continue, with regular updates to be provided over the coming days.
Local Link says it is working with local authorities, agencies, community and volunteer groups, the GAA, and An Garda Síochána to ensure that vulnerable members of the community can avail of a trusted and coordinated support services over the coming weeks and months, providing additional trips where possible for essential travel to purchase provisions and making contact with passengers who are not travelling but may require assistance.
Local Link says it is offering a collect and deliver service, where possible, from pharmacies and local shops for passengers, delivering critical medical supplies to the elderly, the vulnerable and sick within rural areas. Those in need of such support should contact their Local Link provider directly.
The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve in Ireland, and Local Link says it is aware that this uncertain period is concerning to many throughout the country. Local Link is following all guidelines as issued by the NTA and continues to follow all public health guidelines issued by the Chief Medical Officer and the HSE.
Margaret Malone is Rural Transport Programme Manager with Local Link.
“We would like to thank everybody for working to keep Local Link operating, and we ask our passengers to work together as we try to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” she said.
A statement said that the NTA and public transport operators continue to follow all public health guidelines issued by the Chief Medical Officer and the HSE. As always, please continue to be practice social and physical distancing when using public transport and regular hand-washing and remember to cough/sneeze into your elbow.
Further information on Local Link visit www.Locallink.ie