‘Under 5s Free’ Welcomed by O’Rourke – as further improvements needed

bus_under5Local Fianna Fail TD, Frank O’Rourke, has welcomed the announcement by the National Transport Authority (NTA), that free travel for all under-fives on subsidised public transport services, on Bus Éireann, Iarnród Éireann, Luas, Dart and Dublin Bus, becomes a reality from today.

“Last year I called on the NTA to consider introducing free travel for children to make the cost of public transport for families more attractive. I am delighted now that the Authority has introduced this concept and I feel that we could expand this in the future to cover older children, particularly at weekends.”

“I do want to acknowledge the work of the NTA in this area. The child fare eligibility has been extended to a person’s 19th birthday and during the summer a “Kids go Free” promotion was launched.”

“I continue to press for improved public transport services. More frequent Dublin Bus Routes 66 and 67 are required, improved services on Route 120, while acknowledging the new morning service from Clane at 7.00am and more frequent service on Route 115 serving Kilcock.”

“We need additional services on the Kildare route servicing Sallins and Hazelhatch in Celbridge. Some commuters have been in touch with me in relation to improving the services between 9 and 10 in the morning as some parents start work later to facilitate family life.”

“We are making progress, but as it becomes more difficult to navigate traffic in the city centre by car, more people will use public transport once we have a regular and reliable service,” concluded Deputy O’Rourke.

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