23 May 2022

Laois council sets out ambitious plans for new 72 stop local Portlaoise bus route

Laois council sets out ambitious plans for new 72 stop local Portlaoise bus route

Sample of one of the stops

Companies have been invited to bid for a contract to help develop new local bus services Portlaoise which will have 72 stops on two routes that will criss cross the Laois county town.

The National Transport Authority in conjunction with Laois County Council is in the process of developing a new bus network to serve Portlaoise town centre.

To advance the project the Council says it requires the services of a consultant engineer to carry out detailed design work for each of the stopping locations.

As part of the scheme the additional bus stop infrastructure will be required along the proposed two routes which combined total more than 15 kms.

The Council has invited companies to tenders from suppliers to provide design services, for the development a complete design package to inform the construction of the bus stops for the proposed bus network which will have two routes.

  • Route P1: Extends from Clonroosk Abbey in the north-west, through the town centre to Colliers Lane in the northeast;
  • Route P2: Extends from Bellingham in the west, through the town centre to Kilminchy in the east.

Each route extends for a length of approximately 7.7 km through the urban extents of Portlaoise Town centre. MORE DETAILS ON WHERE THE STOPS WILL BE BELOW MAP.

The proposed routes share a joint alignment through the town centre from Harpur’s Lane/Coote Street intersection, along Main Street eastbound and the N80 westbound, diverging again at the Bridge Street/Stradbally Road intersection.

Tender documents say that across the two proposed routes there are a total of 72 stop locations comprising nine existing stops and 63 new stops. The stops will be located on a combination of the local road network, controlled by Laois County Council and the national road network within the remit of Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). 

Most stops will be expected to be on street while terminus stops must be indented bays/laybys, as will a small number of the intermediate stops.

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