The new Naas hospital bus service will take to the road on July 1 after Naas Town Council did a u-turn and allowed new bus stops to be erected.
Glen Whelan, the operator of the new service, had previously been informed that the bus stops wouldn’t be installed outside the hospital due to safety concerns.
However, it seems these fears have been allayed, as he received word last week that they had been approved. The signs are now being examined by the National Transport Authority.
“I am delighted. People have been stopping me in the street and asking me when the service was going to start. People were telling me they were spending a fortune on taxis,” he said. “The HSE are delighted. They are 110% behind it.”
The first bus will leave SuperValu in Monasterevin at 7.20am to have patients at the hospital in time for their clinics. The bus will stop off at the square in Kildare town and then at every stop in Newbridge before making its way into Naas, and out the Blessington road to the hospital via Ballycane. There will be 14 services throughout the day operating on an hourly basis. Glen explains that the fare will be €2 for any one-way trip. Those not visiting the hospital can also use the service.
Glen thanked everyone for the support he received for getting the service up and running, including Cllr. Paddy Kennedy and Cllr. Mark Wall, who backed the project.
The K Coach timetable will be available at www.glenwhelantravel.com
Glen was informed on May 23 that the application had been turned down however, on June 7, the decision was reversed.
- Niamh O’Donoghue