New 183 seven-day bus link between Wicklow to Glendalough welcomed by Fine Gael MEP candidate Andrew Doyle

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Service begins operation on Monday 15 April and Minister Doyle says service has potential to extended even further right across the county

Fine Gael MEP candidate and Wicklow TD Andrew Doyle has welcomed the unveiling of a new seven-day bus service from Wicklow town to Glendalough. The new183 route was approved for funding last year by the National Transport Authority, as part of its Local Link programme, and is now in operation.

The new route provides an hourly bus service seven days a week taking in Wicklow Gaol, Wicklow Train Station, Rathnew, Ashford, Roundwood, Annamoe, Laragh and Glendalough.

The service begins operating on Monday 15 April. Fares between Lidl and Wicklow Gaol cost €1 single, while other trips cost €3 for a single adult ticket and €2 for a single ticket for under 16’s.

Andrew Doyle, Wicklow TD and Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, with responsibility for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, was heavily involved in making representations to secure the rollout of this service for Wicklow.

this service be a game-changer for the people and businesses of Wicklow

He says: “I am delighted that we will now have a direct bus link from Wicklow town to Glendalough. Firstly, I believe that this service be a game-changer for the people and businesses of Wicklow, as smaller villages like Roundwood and Laragh will now have a regular bus service that can connect them with Wicklow Town.”

new route will open up Wicklow to tourists and enable Wicklow Town to become the base for exploring this beautiful county.

“Secondly, this is a significant step forward for Wicklow as a tourist destination. Glendalough is one of Ireland’s most beautiful and historical sites and it is fantastic that there is now more access to it. Up to now, visitors travelled from Dublin to enjoy Glendalough and would then have to make their way back to Dublin. There was no public transport available to allow them to travel around the county and enjoy other tourist sites in Wicklow. This new route will open up Wicklow to tourists and enable Wicklow Town to become the base for exploring this beautiful county.”

Minister Doyle says it would be ideal to see this service extended even further across the county. A range of additional evening and night-time services were piloted last year including Moneystown to Wicklow Town, Dunlavin to Baltinglass as well as Coolkenna, Shillelagh, Aughrim and Woodenbridge to Arklow.

Wicklow is a wonderful county and it is only right that those who live here and those who visit have the opportunity to experience everything we have to offer. I’d like to see this service extended to other areas of Wicklow and will be making further representations to ensure this happens.”

For more information on the new route, visit: https://www.ringalink.ie/bus-services/bus-timetable/183/

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