Bus services in Cork set to increase

Bus services in Cork are to increase by over a third under a new network plan.

The redesign of the bus network is one of the nine key elements of BusConnects Cork that aims to transform the city’s bus system, making public transport more useful to more people.

The new plan has just been unveiled in the past hour by the CEO’s of the National Transport Authority and Bus Eireann.

Under the proposals the level of bus services in Cork will increase by 36% with shorter waits and more direct routes for commuters within the city.

The proposals will also result in more residents of the city and areas within the Cork Metropolitan Area having access to the public transport network with Little Island, Cobh, Carrigaline, Ringaskiddy, Glanmire, Ballincollig and Blarney among those areas with new routes.

The redesigned bus network will provide a more coherently planned, higher capacity, more understandable network for those within the Cork Metropolitan Area while paving the way for the future introduction of Luas within the city.

Fares will be simplified in a way that will make interchange seamless. Customers will not have to pay extra to change between bus, rail or future Luas services within that 90-minute period.

Public consultation on the draft new bus network will now commence.

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