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6% growth across city bus services

Wednesday, 4th January, 2017 1:00am

Passenger journeys on the Bus Éireann network in Galway city increased by 231,000 in the last 12 months.

There were 4.19 million trips made on the city network in 2016, compared to 3.96m in 2015. This represents a significant increase of 5.8% year-on-year. In Galway city, passenger journey numbers have grown by 50% since 2012. Bus Éireann boosted its service offering to customers in Galway, Westmeath and Roscommon in 2016 with new and additional services.

The company, which employs 360 staff in the West, contributes in excess of €40m annually to the local economy. This includes payroll and procurement of goods and services. During the year, the company made further revisions to its Galway city network of services and also added five new double-deck vehicles. Bus Éireann enhanced seven bus routes on the city network in 2016 including

401 (Salthill- Eyre Square), 402 (Merlin Park – Eyre Square-Seacrest), 403 (Eyre Square-Castlepark), 404 (Newcastle-Eyre Square-Oranmore), 405 (Rahoon – Eyre Square – Ballybane), 407 (Eyre Square – Bothar on Choiste), 409 (Eyre Square – GMIT – Parkmore) serving all parts of the city centre hub from Eyre Square with weekday services from 6.30am-11.45pm, Saturday services from 7.00am-12midnight and Sunday services from 9am-11.30pm.

Expressway Route 51/X51 Galway-Shannon-Limerick-Cork-Limerick became a year round service in 2016, and there are now 10 daily non-stop departures – five in each direction – from Galway to Shannon Airport on this route. These are in addition to the 14 daily multi-stop services to Shannon Airport already offered on Route 51. An improved Route 20/X20, Dublin city - Dublin Airport - Athlone - Ballinasloe – Loughrea- Galway was also launched last month, in addition to extra frequency on Route 64, Derry- Letterkenny- Donegal-Sligo- Galway. Operation of the popular Route 350 from Galway to the Clare Coast was also extended from May to October.

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