Save Our Bus

Save Our Bus

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Julie Bennett started this petition to Shane Ross Minster For Transport and

 

Save our Bus

Mountrath is a small town in Co Laois in the heart of the midlands; over the years the town has dwindled like much of rural Ireland through progression and lack of development. A lack of employment and funding has dismantled what was once a prominent industrial town. 

Four years ago Bus Eireann took the decision to stop serving small communities like Mountrath, Borris in Ossory and Castletown, favouring instead  the motorway route to cut costs. Mountrath as just cause and the surrounding communities were left with only a modest form of public transport, with JJ Kavangh's serving the Limerick to Dublin route only every two hours, as opposed to the hourly service we once enjoyed. Mountrath and the whole of rural Ireland need reliable and affordable public transport, it is a basic need and requirement. Our transport system is meant to serve the people but instead our representative have chosen to respect a bottom line, instead of the people of our community.

Without a proper public transport system serving our town and local community, I fear for the wellbeing of the local people and our community. Without a public service are we not in fact cutting people off? How many use the bus daily to travel to work, attend hospital appointments, shop or travel to the airport? The cost effectivness of providing a reliable transport system is surplus to the need and desire for a proper working transport system to cater for our growing community. 

Our Governement cannot allow the people of Mountrath and our local community to be cut off from society; businesses will suffer as consequences of such a reckless decision. Given the severity of new laws concerning provsional drivers and new drink driving laws such a decision will have grave impact. Can we honestly force people to take risks in order to get to work or get home? 

I am calling on everyone to please sign the petition to force our officials to take desisive and necessary action to contradict this destrimental decision . If the Irish Governement could find notable funding  to help JJ Kavanaghs Bus Services reconsider, perhaps they will be implement a better bus route to serve our town. We cannot allow Mountrath and all other small towns in Ireland to be cut off due to ill management and poor choice. 

 

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