A Galway City Councillor is calling for additional bus services for school students in the city due to the lack of capacity on public transport in lockdown.
Councillor Alan Cheevers says that students on the east side of Galway who attend school in Oranmore or across the city are having difficulty getting to school on time if they take public transport.
“This is because they are using the city services and have to share buses with workers and general public,” Alan Cheevers explained.
While dedicated school transport is not affected, under Level 5 lockdown restrictions buses are only allowed to operated at 25% capacity.
This can result in “long delays” waiting for a bus, and cause issues with young people getting to school on time, he adds.
“This wasn’t and issue in the initial lockdown as schools were closed,” Cllr Cheevers said, “But now the Ministers must look at how they can add extra services to accommodate these students.”
The Fianna Fáil councillor said that he has written to Education Minister Norma Foley and Transport Minister Eamon Ryan about this issues, which must also be an issue in “urban areas and cities around the country”.