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Cork City Council launches the Bus Wednesday initiative

  BUS PASSENGERS 1 NOV 2008

Present at the launch of the Bus Wednesday initiative, which included a trip on the No.8 bus, were left to right :                 Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Jim Corr, Ted Sexton, Bus Éireann Inspector, Sergeant John O'Sullivan, Gaelle Croisier, Traffic Division, Cork City Council, Tim O'Leary, Chief Inspector, Bus Éireann, Pat Casey, Traffic Division, Cork City Council,   representative, Donal Healy, Cork Business Association and Fiona Connolly, Sales Executive, Bus Éireann

On Wednesday 5th November 2008 at 8.00 a.m. in St .Patrick’s Street, near Easons book shop, the Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. Jim Corr launched the Bus Wednesday initiative, a Cork City Council/Bus Eireann pilot project to actively encourage the business community and others to switch from private car to public transport.

Under this initiative, each Wednesday in November 2008, additional buses will be added at peak times, between 7.30am - 9.30am and 4.30pm - 6.30pm, to the busiest bus routes in the city i.e. the No. 6 service (Grange to South Mall) and the No. 8 service (Bishopstown to Mayfield). Commuters are guaranteed a wait of no longer than 10 minutes for a bus on either of these routes.

The initiative has the enthusiastic support of the business community through the Cork Business Association (CBA) and will be vigourously enforced by Bus Eireann management and An Garda Síochána.

 Speaking in advance of the launch the Deputy Lord Mayor explained I felt there was little point in encouraging people to make the change unless a guarantee of service could be delivered upon. The Council sometimes comes in for a little criticism for its enforcement of traffic provisions but the overall aim of all its policies, Park and Ride among them, is to encourage free flow of traffic and ease of parking for those who need to spend short times in the city centre”.  “The overall aim is to make the city centre pedestrian-friendly following best practice in other European cities and the best way to do this is to provide a credible alternative to commuters he added.

 If successful, this pilot programme will be extended to other routes in the city over time. 

Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Jim Corr, explained the concept to commuters on the bus and he received positve reactions from many.  BUS PASSENGERS 2 NOV 2008

Marc Cronin from Mayfield uses the No. 8 route every morning. For him, extra buses means he will reach his destination quicker.  "It is a good initiative that should be extended to every day, every month".

Martina Savage from Bishopstown uses the No.8 route every morning to go to work. She said "definitely  the Bus Wednesday is a good initiative". 

 

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