OVer €100,000 in funding has been secured by Kilkenny County Council for the first phase of the bus-stop upgrade programme.
In the first phase of the of the project that is being funded by the National Transport Authority will see ten new bus stops built. Paulstown will get four new bus stops, Gowran will get two, Thomastown one, Johnstown two and Callan will get one new stop.
The works done at each stop will include improved road markings and signs, the provision of seating, and specialised kassel kerbs which help guide a buses wheels into the correct position so that people with mobility challenges can access buses with more ease.
Cllr Pat Crowley (Fine Gael) said that a bus stop was badly needed in Callan. He said that there was already one business man in Callan threatening to with hold his rates in protest over the bus stop in Callan. “One person in Callan is threatening to stop paying rates over bus stop in Callan. It simply is not working. Something will have to be done.”
Cllr Pat Dunphy (Fine Gael) said that there was a need for a bus shelters in rural towns. He said that he had received an awful lot of representations from people in Mooncoin who wanted a bus shelter.
Director of Services, John Mulholland said “We plan to add more to this list of bus shelters, Mooncoin will be provided with a shelter in the next phase.”