Minister of State at the Department of Finance Patrick O’Donovan today officially launched the new 521 bus service today (18, June 2019) in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. This service which has been running since mid-May is operated by Limerick-Clare Local Link and provides a valuable public transport service between Newcastle West and Charleville, Co Cork.
The service is funded by the National Transport Authority and operates Monday to Saturday with six daily return services from Charleville. It serves Newcastle West, Castlemahon, Feohanagh, Kilmeedy, Dromcollogher, Milford Church, Newtownshandrum and Charleville with onward connections to Limerick, Galway, Tralee and Dublin. This rural-transport funded service is a mainstream public transport service available to everyone.
The 521 provides greater connectivity than ever before for these communities in rural Limerick and North Cork, who can now avail of quality public transport at local level. It also provides a stronger link to national bus and rail networks in Newcastle West and Charleville.
This project represents a significant investment in rural transport specifically and public transport generally by the state.
NTA CEO Anne Graham said: “Providing a decent public transport option for people in rural areas is a critical element of what the NTA is about.
“Local Link is already a great success story and has become a permanent part of Ireland’s public transport system.
“With services like the 521 we have an opportunity to provide for rural Ireland, a public transport service that is better integrated with other national services and that is more useful to more people.
“The Government’s ‘Ireland2040’ plan makes a commitment to the future funding of Local Link, which means that the programme will not only survive, but will thrive and develop at the heart of rural communities in the years to come.”