There has still been no meaningful response by the National Transport Authority (NTA) to ongoing and serious concerns surrounding the major deficit in service provision for West-Cork’s local transport routes according to Independent TD, Michael Collins.
The Goleen based Independent has been highlighting what he describes as the ‘disconnection of rural Ireland and West-Cork’ from viable travel routes for some time. In the last number of days, Deputy Collins again brought the matter to the attention of Government during a private members motion in the Dáil on the Provision of Free and Accessible Transport:
“The NTA are asleep at the wheel so much these days it could almost be done for dangerous driving,” said Deputy Collins.
“In fact, the sad reality is that it is doing next to nothing to drive through any kind of successful policy when it comes to expanding the availability and frequency of local transport services.”
“Meanwhile we have everyone else, including our own excellent West-Cork Connect chomping at the bit trying to meet the needs of West-Cork residents and indeed everyone from Goleen to Skibbereen to Kinsale, Belgooly, Riverstick Ballinhassig, not to mention Clonakilty, Bandon and Innishannon.”
“The NTA may be content to sit back and allow West-Cork to remain disconnected but I for one will certainly not be letting this issue go. The NTA has to recognise that there are clear local transport needs and operators available to meet those needs. All it needs to do is its job and sanction the required level of route increases and new service provision.”
“Is it too much to ask the National Transport Authority to remember that West-Cork is part of the nation it is mandated to serve?” Deputy Collins concluded.