New increased bus services for South Leitrim

Local Link

New increased bus services for South Leitrim

Local Link Sligo Leitrim and Roscommon is delighted to announce that the National Transport Authority has approved an increased level of service in the South Leitrim Area.

Operating from Ballinamore to Dromod and onto Mohill and Carrick-on-Shannon the new service will now run six days per week, Monday to Saturday, providing 4 return services daily. A key feature of this integrated Service is the Mohill Round Town Hail and Ride Service 4 times daily. A service links passengers from Mohill to Carrigallen via Cloone and Aughavas on Tuesdays and a Service links passengers from Ballinamore and Derrada and Corraleehan rural area to Ballinamore and onwards to Mohill and Carrick-on-Shannon. Services will also travel between Mohill and Eslin and Derryoughter and Drumsna and Jamestown offering the opportunity for both locals and visitors to the area the option to connect with Carrick-on-Shannon. The establishment of these interconnected services, represents a significant investment in public transport in the South Leitrim area and the increased number of services will prove to be a significant benefit for people living in the area.

A spokesperson for Local Link said “Working with the NTA we have developed the timetable with a view to linking Local Link services with Bus Éireann services to Sligo and Longford and with Irish Rail at Dromod and Carrick-on-Shannon to Dublin and Sligo. This will enable passengers to make onward connections while also increasing visitor access to the area. We are confident that the service will attract sufficient passengers to ensure the continuation of the service long into the future. A detailed timetable is published in the advertising section of this edition.

“The fare structure is competitive with concessions for students and young children. The services are free for passengers holding Department of Social Protection Travel Passes. Local Link Sligo Leitrim & Roscommon who have Responsibility for the Rural Transport Programme (RTP) was assigned to the National Transport Authority (NTA) in 2012 and 17 Transport Co-ordination Units (TCUs) have now been established as local agents of the Authority.”

The TCU for Sligo Leitrim & Roscommon founded under the aegis of the Sligo Roscommon Leitrim Rural Transport Company Ltd operate all rural transport services under the Local Link brand. Local Link Sligo Leitrim and Roscommon currently provide over 100 return services weekly across Counties Sligo and Leitrim and Roscommon. For further details please contact 071-9650437 to speak with Sinead and Bridin. In addition to its primary role of developing and managing rural transport services, the NTA sees TCU’s having an important role to play in embedding integration within transport service planning, primarily by co-ordinating travel needs for access to employment, health, social and education opportunities.

Camilla Kelly, Manager of Local Link Sligo Leitrim and Roscommon said ‘The purpose of setting up the 17 Local Link offices was to proide sustainable rural public transport services in rural areas into the future by ensuring a more efficient delivery structure that would maximise integration with other State transport services and by making rural transport services a sustainable part of the public transport system’. Camilla further explained ‘Rural Local Transport plays a major role in combating rural isolation and is a model of partnership where key sectors actively engage in planning and developing transport services that ensure equality of access for all. Local Link’s remit is to operate in cases of market failure and services aim to complement existing public transport services provided by Bus Éireann and private transport operators’. Local Link Sligo Leitrim and Roscommon is funded by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport through the NTA. For further information contact 071-9650436 and at