A new bus route linking Monaleen to the rest of the city has been added to Limerick’s public transport network.
The new 304A route will operate a similar route to the original 304, but will now link Monaleen to the city centre.
This addition, which comes into action December 4, is in keeping with changes to the already existing Bus Eireann routes.
The 304 service operates from Raheen to the University of Limerick but the new route will no longer pass by the train station. Instead, it will accommodate the large residential areas of Raheen and Ballycummin.
Monaleen has never before been linked to the city’s public transport network. Buses to and from Monaleen will now run every 30 minutes each day.
City west Councillor, Daniel Butler, has welcomed these much needed changes. Many locals have experienced delays in reaching the city centre on the 304 service.
“I had received a lot of complaints locally about 304 and how long it takes to get into the city centre. Removing the rail/bus station stop should help with that but I think it could still be a lot more direct to encourage people to use it,” Cllr Butler said.
Route 301 from Westbury to Raheen has been modified to accommodate more of Limerick’s commuters.
The service has been enhanced to operate more frequently, now leaving every 30 minutes. The last bus will now run at a later time of 11.30pm from the city centre.
These adjustments to the network will also see running times doubled on Sundays and public holidays and in the evenings for both the 301 and 304 services.
“I think the weekend increase in service is great to hear with the last bus from the city now at 11.30pm. This will allow people from Raheen and Dooradoyle to pop into town at the weekend evenings for some food and drink in a safe and cost effective way,” Cllr Butler said.
“In turn this can only be good for city centre business increasing ease of access for its customers,” he added.
Workers in the Raheen Industrial Estate will feel the benefits of these changes as the Westbury route will serve the estate at peak hours.
Cllr Butler says change to the network will benefit workers in the National Technology Park and Raheen Industrial Estate as it will help with peak time traffic and parking difficulties.
“I hope this will address some of the increased traffic congestion with the growth in jobs and also the lack of car parking available across the city hotspots,” he said.
Further changes now allow the bus to run in both directions for stops at the regional hospital and the Fr. Russell Road.