The new bus stops provided at some of the busiest locations in the county are intended to be just the first phase, according to a Kilkenny County Council official. It is also hoped to put in place bus shelters at the stops.
The issue was raised at a meeting of the council’s committee on transportation and infrastructure by Cllr Fidelis Doherty (FG), who expressed disappointment that a bus stop had not been provided in Glenmore.
“That doesn’t mean it won’t ever be provided in Glenmore,” said director of services John Mulholland. He said the first round of bus stops focused on the main Dublin and Waterford routes, where most of the bus traffic through the county travels.
There was also a tight time constraint, as the National Transport Authority only notified the council in August that a grant would be available, and the money had to be spent by the first week in December, added senior engineer Simon Walton.
Therefore, he said, “we were looking for schemes that were shovel-ready with no complications in terms of design.”
“The intention is that what we have done now will be phase one of a project that will continue over the course of the next two to three years where we end up covering all the main routes throughout the county,” Mr Walton said. The council hopes the next round of grants will cover the cost of bus shelters too, he said.