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28/10/2021

Commuting blues - 4km walk to catch a Portlaoise to Dublin bus

Commuting blues - 4km walk to catch a Portlaoise to Dublin bus

A resident of Bellingham Estate in Portlaoise has to walk almost 4km just to get the bus to Dublin, prompting calls for a new bus stop to be installed on the Mountrath Road.

At the recent meeting of the Portlaoise Municipal District, Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley asked the council to contact the National Transport Authority to request a bus stop at Bellingham Estate, Mountrath Road, Portlaoise.

She said she had been contacted by a resident of Bellingham who travels to Dublin three or four days a week and has to walk to Laois Shopping Centre to get the bus. On his return journey, he can’t get the bus to drop him at his estate and has to get off at the shopping centre and walk home.

“It doesn’t make sense, that’s a big built up area and it makes no sense for someone using public transport,” she said, adding that this must be almost a 4km walk.

Seconding the motion, Cllr Noel Tuohy said there were satellite areas in Portlaoise, such as Kilminchy Village, and it is right to involve these communities.

Farhan Nasiem, council engineer, gave a written reply, saying that Laois County Council has brought a policy on bus shelters through the relevant strategic policy committee and this will be brought to full council for adoption shortly.

This policy will ensure that a review of the bus stop locations in Portlaoise is carried out. The proposal for a bus stop at Bellingham can be considered as part of this review.

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