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24/09/2021

Crunch meeting called in Castledermot to discuss plans to axe weekend bus service

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A large crowd is expected at a meeting in Castledermot next week over plans to scrap weekend service of the Naas-Carlow bus. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has confirmed that not enough passengers are travelling on the 880 route on Saturday and Sunday. The Naas-Carlow service, which passes through Castledermot, is only ten weeks in operation but will stop running on weekends at the end of next month. Sinn Fein's Cllr Thomas Redmond claimed that people rely on the service to shop, study and visit at weekends and he called on the NTA to continue the route until after Christmas." A meeting is being planned for Teach Diarmada in Castledermot on Thursday night, November 5. Cllr Redmond said: "Local public representatives have been contacted by a lot of people about this issue and I expect a large turnout." The NTA said an average of 158 passengers used the bus service from Monday to Friday but just 36 passengers on Saturdays and 17 on Sundays.

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