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Local Link Timetable 2

For the past month a new Local Link Bus Service No. 171 has been running from Shercock to Dundalk on a daily basis.  The Route starts in Shercock via Corduff Junction (Corduff Cross), Carrickmacross, Inniskeen, Dundalk Train Station & finishing at Dundalk Bus Station.  Five buses run daily (Monday – Saturday) at intervals to Dundalk and back, with four buses running on Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays, see timetable for exact information, note a new revised timetable started last Monday 28th August.  These local bus services are low cost accessible public transport services for anyone wishing to travel and are truly great value. Fares vary depending on destination, age group and single or return fares.  Cash and Cards are accepted.  The benefits of the service are outlined on the TFI website – Free Travel Pass Accepted, Leap Cards Accepted, Low Cost Fares, Under 5’s Travel Free & Friendly Reliable Services.  TFI also run a Door to Door Service from Raferagh to Shercock on Friday mornings at 11.15 am, prior booking on 047 51840 is essential for this service.

Last week an opportunity presented itself for a little girlie day out in Dundalk, availing of the Local Link Bus.  The fare was €8 (adult return) and the 29-seater electric bus was very comfortable.  The bus is also wheelchair accessible, but prior booking for this service is required.  The journey took a little longer than driving yourself as the bus makes a few short stops on route in Carrick, Inniskeen and Dundalk (it only stops at the designated bus stops mentioned on the timetable), but it was an opportunity to sit back and enjoy the views of the countryside.  The service would also suit students, workers and those attending appointments.  A bite of lunch, some retail therapy and back on the bus for home.  A lovely experience and thoroughly recommended.

Sadly, though on the negative, waiting at Corduff Cross is not exactly a convenient place to wait on a bus, whether it’s someone dropping you off or by walking to the cross, there is no parking space and no shelter if it started to rain, the same on your return.  The service has not been utilised from Corduff Cross and I suspect it is for the reasons above.

If the bus came up to Corduff Raferagh Community Centre where there are parking facilities, safer drop off space and at least the porch to shelter in, I think more people would avail of the service.  However, it is understandable that it would not be viable to expect the service to come the Centre every day, but if it came up at least once or twice a week, it would give more individuals the opportunity to avail of the service.

Perhaps if enough people from the Corduff Raferagh area contact the National Transport Authority at email cm@locallink.ie or Phone 047 51840 to suggest that the bus should come to the Community Centre Carpark, it may encourage the authorities to look into the possibilities of rerouting one or two of the busses each week.

The Bus Éireann route 166 Dundalk, Shercock to Cavan continues to run for the meantime too on Mon, Wed & Fri.

For Full details on the TFI services see their website – locallinkcm.ie

A link to the new timetable which will come into effect on August 28th https://www.locallinkcm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/171-TT-Web-Aug23.pdf