Go Ahead Ireland
The new GoAhead bus depot destined for Naas will open at Tougher’s industrial estate.
GoAhead has the contract to operate six bus routes through County Kildare.
It was initially thought that the services would start late this year or early next year, but company representative Nicola Gordon said that some of the routes will begin operating in August or September.
The routes are 120 — Dublin to Edenderry; 120c (new) — Tullamore to Enfield;v123 — Dublin to Kilmeague; 124 — Dublin to Portlaoise; 126 — Dublin to Newbridge (with extensions to Kildare and Rathangan) and 130 — Dublin to Athy. These routes link Dublin city centre to towns such as Athy, Kilcullen, Kildare, Maynooth, Naas, Newbridge and Rathangan as well as Edenderry, Tullamore and Enfield. Many or all of these services will operate will operate from Tougher’s.
According to the National Transport Authority, the change to the new operator will be seamless from the point of view of the passenger, although with an additional 11% vehicle kilometres envisaged under the contract, the level of service across the routes is set to improve appreciably.
The routes will operate under the ‘Transport for Ireland’ branding and livery. Schedules and timetables will be determined by the NTA, and while there will be some changes to timetables, the effect of these changes will be to optimise the services to the benefit of customers, according to the NTA.
A total of 23 new vehicles will be purchased by NTA for deployment on these routes, including 13 double-deck-coaches and 12 single-deck regional buses.