Transport Authority say Bus Eireann legally obliged to stop at Corrandulla

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Bus Eireann is legally obliged to stop in Corrandulla along route 456 according to the National Transport Authority.

Local Councillor James Charity said the NTA confirmed to him that Bus Eireann are bound by a Public Service Obligation to facilitate a stop at Corrandulla Post Office.

Lat month Bus Eireann split the old route 456 into three routes along the Ballina – Westport – Galway corridor.

The part that remained the 456 from Castlebar to Galway was converted into an expressway service.

It dropped several rural stops along the route such as Corrandulla, Cregg, Bawnmore, Drumgriffin, and Loughgeorge.

Bus Eireann said that this would improve the overall service, with more frequent buses along the route.

However in many rural areas having a bus stop removed can isolate a community, especially the elderly or others who have difficulty travelling.

Compared with a city, the nearest stop might be the next town over.

Councillor Charity say that Bus Eireann has not replied to any communications from him, and must be made to comply with their obligations.

“I have consequently asked the NTA to enforce the operation of the public service obligation in Corrandulla given Bus Eireann have failed to respond to any communication and expect this route to be upheld in accordance with the timetable and services restored through Corrandulla imminently.”