Cllr. Orla Leyden highlighted the need for a ‘Round Town Local Link Bus Service’ for Roscommon Town at the recent plenary meeting of Roscommon County Council which was addressed by Camilla Kelly, Manager of Local Link in Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim.
Cllr. Leyden said that a scheduled bus service is very much needed in Roscommon, a county town which she described as a growing urban centre. She said that a local link bus service would make it easier to get from the various housing estates and houses in Roscommon Town environs to essential services and amenities; to get, for example, to work, the doctor, primary care centre, hospital, schools, pre-school, Quad Youth Centre, Library, Cinema, Leisure centre, sports clubs, the train station, etc.
Cllr. Orla Leyden said that she had initiated a rural transport service in the Oran area, servicing the Ballinheglish and Cloverhill area (including Fourmilehouse, Tonlegee and Mullymucks) into Roscommon Town and another (DRT) demand responsive transport service in the Donamon, Fuerty, Castlecoote rural area (via Mount Prospect and Ballybride). She said that she would like to see additional rural local link services now being developed.
Cllr. Leyden said she believes there is a need for a local link service in Kilteevan, Portrun, Ballymurray, Knockcroghery, Fourmilehouse (parts not presently served), Derrane, Ballagh, Ballyleague, Cloontuskert and Ballintubber into Roscommon Town, as well as a round town bus service in Roscommon town.
She stressed that people living in rural areas would be able to access services and facilities in Roscommon Town independently and at an affordable price if a local link service was in place. The Free Travel Pass is valid on all local link services and U-5s can travel for free. There are affordable fares on all routes with adult, child and student rates.
Cllr. Leyden said that she will work with the community to develop these vital rural transport services via Local Link in Roscommon.