New daily scheduled service from Boyle to Roscommon launched – Route 570

Local Link Sligo Leitrim and Roscommon is delighted to announce that the National Transport Authority has approved an increased level of service in the North Roscommon Area into Roscommon Town and including Lough Key Forest Park.

The National Transport Authority has approved an increased level of service in the North Roscommon Area into Roscommon Town and including Lough Key Forest Park.

Operating from Boyle to Roscommon the new service will run seven days per week, Monday to Sunday, providing 3 return scheduled services daily.

The service will stop at the local towns along the route including Elphin, Tulsk and Strokestown and also provide a Hail and Ride Service at various points along the route where it is safe to do so.

Passengers attending various Hospital Clinics at Roscommon will be dropped off and collected at the Bus Stop beside Roscommon Hospital and can also access the Primary Care Centre from the stop along the route. The time of the Bus Schedule is designed to facilitate the morning and afternoon clinics.

A key feature of this integrated Service is the Local Link to the various Visitor Attractions namely King House, Lough Key Forest Park, Cruachan Ai at Tulsk, Strokestown Park House and the Tourist Information Office and Museum at Roscommon.

Visitors accessing Roscommon Town by Train from Dublin will have the opportunity to get the Bus at 9:30am to the various visitor attractions along the route.

The Lough Key Forest Park Service will link visitors to the Park on seven days per week during the Holiday Season: 1st June to 31st October, providing 4 return scheduled services daily.

Another key feature is the Boyle Round Town Hail and Ride Service five times daily which will facilitate passenger’s access from the surrounding estates in Boyle for shopping and business needs.

The establishment of these interconnected services represents a significant investment in public transport in Roscommon and we are sure that this increased number of services will prove to be a significant benefit for people living in the area.

Working with the NTA we have developed the timetable with a view to linking Local Link services with Bus Éireann services at Roscommon, Strokestown and Boyle and with Irish Rail at Roscommon and Boyle. This will enable passengers to make onward connections while also increasing visitor access to the area.

We are confident that the services will attract sufficient passengers to ensure the continuation of the service long into the future. A detailed timetable is available and posters have been put in all Shops, Libraries and public areas in Roscommon.

The fare structure is competitive with concessions for students and young children. The services are free for passengers holding Department of Social Protection Travel Passes.

Local Link Sligo Leitrim & Roscommon who have Responsibility for Public Transport through the integration of the Transport Programme (RTP) was assigned to the National Transport Authority (NTA) in 2012 and 17 Transport Co-ordination Units (TCUs) have now been established as local agents of the Authority.

The TCU for Sligo Leitrim & Roscommon was founded under the aegis of the Sligo Roscommon Leitrim Rural Transport Company Ltd operate all rural transport services under the Local Link brand. Local Link Sligo Leitrim and Roscommon currently provide over 100 return services weekly across Counties Sligo and Leitrim and Roscommon. For further details please contact our office at 071-9650437 to Speak with Sinead and Bridin.

In addition to our primary role of developing and managing rural transport services, the NTA sees TCU’s having an important role to play in embedding integration within transport service planning, primarily by co-ordinating travel needs for access to employment, health, social and education opportunities.

The purpose of setting up the 17 Local Link offices was to provide sustainable rural public transport services in rural areas into the future by ensuring a more efficient delivery structure that would maximise integration with other State transport services and by making rural transport services a sustainable part of the public transport system’.

Rural Local Transport plays a major role in combating rural isolation and is a model of partnership where key sectors actively engage in planning and developing transport services that ensure equality of access for all. Local Link’s remit is to operate in cases of market failure and services aim to complement existing public transport services provided by Bus Éireann and private transport operators’. Local Link Sligo Leitrim and Roscommon is funded by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport through the NTA.

The Route 570 timetable can be downloaded here.