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Lord Mayor of Cork launches 'Bus February' initiative

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Pictured at the launch, L to R: Ita Madden, Corporate Affairs, Cork City Council, Inspector Colm O'Sullivan, Garda HQ, Anglesea St., Pat Casey, Roads & Transportation, Cork City Council, Joe Fitzgerald, Regional Manager, Bus Eireann, Donal Healy, Chief Executive, Cork Business Association, Sergeant John O'Sullivan, Garda HQ, Anglesea St., Lord Mayor Cllr. Brian Bermingham, Gearóid Buckley, CIT, Fiona Connolly, Bus Eireann, Cal Diolúin, UCC, Tim O'Leary, Bus Eireann and Fiona Donnelly, RedFM.

The Lord Mayor Cllr. Brian Bermingham launched the Bus February initiative in the Lord Mayor’s Office, City Hall, Cork, on Monday, 26th January 2009.  This initiative will actively encourage the business community and others to switch from private car to public transport from Monday, 2nd to Friday 6th February 2009.

Under this initiative additional buses will be added at peak times on the above dates, between 7.30am - 9.30am and 4.30pm - 6.30pm, to Bus Route No. 5 (Kent Station to CIT, via St. Patrick’s Street and UCC) and Bus Route No. 7 (Donnybrook to Ballyvolane).  Commuters are guaranteed a wait of no longer than 10 minutes for a bus on either of these routes.

Speaking at the launch, Lord Mayor said “ I’m delighted to be part of this advance on the one-day series in November and hope, if it is successful, that it will be repeated or extended in the near future.”

The initiative has the enthusiastic support of the business community through the Cork Business Association (CBA) and will be enforced by Bus Eireann management and An Garda Síochána. It also has the support of the two students unions in the city – CIT and UCC.

According to Joe Fitzgerald, Regional Manager, Bus Eireann “This initiative is designed to show Cork city commuters the benefits of travelling by bus, particularly those that operate on green routes, not only in terms of speed and convenience, but also how economical it can be compared to driving to work and the costs involved in paying for petrol or diesel and parking. We would hope that the people of Cork who live on these routes will take this opportunity to support the service during the week and see for themselves how convenient and cost effective bus travel can be.”

Donal Healy, Chief Executive, CBA, is also pleased with the project “The Cork Business Association is delighted to be associated with this initiative.  The extra buses on the route will encourage commuters to choose public transport to get to college or workplace and this in turn will ease traffic at peak times.  If this initiative is successful we will be requesting Bus Éireann to roll it out on a permanent basis”. 

Inspector Colm O’Sullivan, An Garda Síochána, Anglesea Street, Cork, is also fully supportive of the Bus February initiative “Any measure that will help to reduce congestion on our roads is welcome.”

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L to R: Donal Healy, Chief Executive, Cork Business Association, Gearóid Buckley, CIT,  Fiona Connolly, Bus Eireann, Bus Eireann and Lord Mayor Cllr. Brian Bermingham.

Further information on Bus February is available from:

Ian Winning, Communications Liaison Officer,

Roads & Transportation, Cork City Council, City Hall, Cork .

Tel: 021/4924397    Email: ian_winning@corkcity.ie   

Gaelle Croisier Traffic Division, Cork City Council VHI Building, South Mall, Cork

Tel: 021 4924657      E-mail: gaelle_crosier@corkcity.ie

Additional information:

The Bus February initiative is consistent with the programme of Green Routes undertaken by Cork City Council and funded by the Department of Transport. The Green Routes have been put in place to reduce the journey times for scheduled bus services through the network and to improve the level of service for pedestrians and cyclists. Focusing on the journey to work in terms of providing alternatives to our use of the car, for some trips or all trips, is key to reducing congestion at peak times. Sustainable Travel seeks to exploit the use of multi-modal trips, for example: a) bus, cycle & walk, b) walk, bus & walk or c) car, park & ride & cycle in city centre to complete the journey as being crucial to reducing our carbon footprint.

The Traffic Division of Cork City Council would draw attention to the health benefits that result from the substitution of trips by car. It has been clearly shown that users of public transport tend to walk more as part of their journey with consequent benefits in terms of fitness and health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anglesea Street, Cork, is also fully supportive of the Bus February initiative “Any measure that will help to reduce congestion on our roads is welcome.”

 

 

 

 

 

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