Bus Éireann Statement on new Patrick's St Public transport measures

Bus Éireann welcomes the initiative to alleviate congestion on routes serving Cork city centre with time-regulated bus lanes on St Patrick’s Street.  This initiative was designed to support bus services and improve traffic flows and was only introduced March 27th last.

Our analysis from April 2nd to April 6th shows Route 205 has seen up to an 18% reduction in travel time. Route 208 has seen up to 13% reduction in travel time in the Bishopstown / Curraheen Road direction and a 28% reduction in travel time in the Mayfield / Boherboy Rd. direction. 

While it is still early days and further analysis is requiredthe public transport prioritisation measures introduced - including in the Sheares St and Washington St area - appear to offer real opportunity to reduce delays to scheduled timetables. These will help to ensure a more reliable bus service as we continue to improve and enhance our network of services following the zone extension of reduced Leap fares last December. 

While change is always challenging, the new system needs a chance to assess its impact, and has been put in place by Cork City Council- in conjunction with the National Transport Authority (NTA) - in a bid to combat growing car congestion & encourage more uptake of public transport. 

Issued, Friday April 13th, 2018 

Friday, 13th April, 2018