NTA to issue tender for Kilkenny City bus service

Two routes being looked at, with bus shelters to be provided

Sam Matthews

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John Street in Kilkenny City.

John Street in Kilkenny City.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) is to shortly issue a tender for the operation of the Kilkenny City bus service, according to local councillor Michael McCarthy.

Cllr McCarthy initially raised the issue back in June of this year, when it was revealed that the operator, Bernard Kavanagh and Sons, informed him they would cease providing the service this year. Many older people and students are dependent on it for transport.

Bernard Kavanagh and Sons had operated the service since being granted the licence in August 1995. It was due for renewal at the end of October this year.

Over the last number of years, the service had been a loss maker, with the losses being absorbed by the operator. Back in June, the operator confirmed it could not continue this way.

Following representations made by acting director of services Simon Walton, a temporary arrangement was put in place by the National Transport Authority (NTA).

After further discussions with director of services Tim Butler, the NTA has said it will shortly issue a tender for the operation of the city bus service.

Cllr McCarthy told the Kilkenny People that the NTA is looking at two routes, and are in discussions with Mr Butler on the matter.

“The NTA also intend to provide a number of bus shelters funded by themselves,” said Cllr McCarthy.

“Advertising will also take place. This is great news for Kilkenny, and in time, this service will link with the rural bus service and provide a comprehensive bus service for all.”