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All aboard! First rural bus shelters installed in Limerick

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LIMERICK City and County Council (LCCC) has become one of the first local authorities to roll out bus shelters in rural areas.

The shelters, which have been installed following a funding allocation from the National Transport Authority (NTA), have been constructed in areas with less than 1,500 people.

Facilities are operational in Hospital, Mungret, Askeaton and Bruff following the completion of works.

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Gerald Mitchell said: “I’m delighted to see Limerick leading the way as one of the first local authorities in the country to focus on rural areas for the rollout of this key infrastructure.

“Ensuring rural areas are well connected and well served by facilities is key as Limerick continues to develop its public transport offering.

“Any amenity that encourages people to avail of the increased level of bus services being rolled out across County Limerick is a positive and I look forward to seeing the new shelters in use,” Mayor Mitchell said.

The installation of the shelters follows the continued rollout of the NTA’s Connecting Ireland plan across Limerick and the rest of the country.

The plan proposes an overall increase of approximately 25% in rural bus services nationally over the next number of years.

Brian Kennedy, Director of Service for Transportation and Mobility at Limerick City and County Council commented: “LCCC continues to be committed to delivering high-quality transport infrastructure in all areas of the city and county.

“These rural bus shelters are part of a wider vision in the Active Travel team and the Transport and Mobility directorate to ensure connectivity via public transport, as well as walking and cycling, is enhanced significantly across Limerick in the coming years.”