BUS USERS will face changes to the Expressway Donegal-Dublin Route 30 from this Sunday, 11th February, the company has announced.
As reported in the Herald in recent weeks, this will mean more daily services in each direction but a limited stop service will be introduced in some smaller villages to offer improved journey times for those travelling to and from Dublin Airport and city centre.
Customers between Donegal, Ballyshannon, Enniskillen, Cavan, Virginia and Dublin will see an additional four services per day in each direction with a new X type limited stop service introduced between these locations. Those travelling from Belleek, Bellanaleck, Derrylin, Belturbet and Butlersbridge will only have six daily services to and seven from Dublin. While the changes, part of a cost-cutting move by Bus Eireann, will mean more access to the capital, those in some rural communities face being further isolated.
There has been a big response from Herald readers to news of the timetable overhaul particularly from those who avail of the popular Derrylin pick-up point on the route. Another village facing a reduction in services is Belnaleck and members of the local community group have also expressed concern at the changes. A spokesman told the Herald that passengers there regularly complain that Bus Eireann does not stop for passengers intending to travel to Dublin/Dublin Airport when waiting at the local bus stop.
“It appears the driver is not familiar with the route or the bus is hired during peak periods. They do not appear to be properly briefed. On two occasions the bus went past the stop, however the driver noticed the passengers out on the road waving him down. If there is confusion with a regular timetable, what will result with the bus only stopping at alternative times. It only takes a very short time to stop in Bellanaleck and on many occasions there are no passengers waiting,” he added.