Bus Éireann announce boost in service frequency for Galway Route 409

Boost in service frequency for Route 409 Parkmore to Doughiska

Buses five times an hour Monday to Saturday from 7am to 7pm

Galway city’s busiest bus route – with over 1,000,000 passenger journeys annually – will get a boost in service frequency, from Sunday next April 3, 2016.

Weekday services on Route 409 Parkmore to Doughiska will now run every 12 minutes – instead of every 15 mintues – with five scheduled services an hour instead of four.

These extra services will run between 07:00 and 19:00, in a bit to help combat congestion and allow even more commuters to take public transport to and from work.

Other features of the new revised timetable include:

  • The weekday & Saturday service after 19:00 will now run every 20 minutes, instead of its current schedule every 30 minutes.
  • The Sunday service will now run every 20 minutes instead of every 30 minutes between 12:00 and 19:00
  • The Sunday service after 19:00 will increase to every 30 minutes from its current schedule every 60 minutes

Last year double decker buses were introduced on this route due to high passenger numbers. This has increased capacity and improved the service for customers.

The growth in passenger numbers on the 409 – which serves a large number of housing estates and connects to Parkmore industrial estate - is not only due to service improvements.

Money saving deals like weekly and monthly commuter tickets – along with Taxsaver annual tickets - are encouraging more people to use public transport. The introduction of the Leap Card to Galway City in 2014 – valid on Bus Éireann city services - also provides 24% cheaper fares. Commuter tickets allow customers unlimited travel across the Galway City network while Leap Cards are valid on Routes 401 to 410. More frequent travellers can save even more through the purchase of zonal tickets.

These improvements and changes are designed with customers’ needs in mind. They should further improve reliability and service levels, and continue to grow public transport usage along the 409 corridor. 

Thursday, 31st March, 2016