Expressway route 4/X4 Dublin Airport/Waterford extended to serve New Ross

A number of Bus Éireann’s popular Expressway Route 4 services (Dublin Airport – Dublin – Carlow – Waterford) will be extended from this Sunday, 26 April 2015 to cater for customers in New Ross.  This will result in a boost in connections for this Wexford town, with 10 services a day between New Ross and Dublin/Dublin Airport  via Carlow/Carlow IT.

Route 4/X4 is being extended to compensate for the cessation of Expressway Route 5 (Dublin-Tullow-Waterford-Rosslare) on the same date. Due to the low number of passengers using Route 5 it became unsustainable and incurred significant losses. Our Expressway services are wholly commercial routes that receive no State funding, and must be financially viable. However, the majority of locations serviced on Route 5 are duplicated on other Expressway services, such as Route 2 (Dublin-Enniscorthy-Wexford), and Route 4 (Dublin Airport – Carlow – Waterford). The only location which would have been left without a regular service to Dublin is New Ross, so Expressway Route 4 will now cater for these customers.

To ensure ongoing connectivity in the west Wicklow region – including Bunclody, Tullow, and Baltinglass – and in conjunction with the NTA (National Transport Authority) there will be an extension of the public service Route 132 (Dublin-Tullow-Rosslare Europort). Wexford Rural Link will support these services with local connections.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) and Bus Éireann have spent a significant amount of time drawing up a solution to continue to cater for customers and locations serviced by Route 5, and we are confident that our existing and new passengers will support and utilise these reconfigured services. It was always our priority to ensure ongoing connectivity for our customers in the region.

Monday, 20th April, 2015