New Local Link route to improve connectivity between Wicklow Town and Glendalough

Local Link Carlow Kilkenny Wicklow officially launched the new 183 Wicklow Glendalough bus service today (31 May 19) in Laragh, Co. Wicklow. This service which has been running since mid-April provides a valuable public transport service between Glendalough and Wicklow town.

The service operates seven days a week, with late-night and evening services on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Local Link 183 serves Glendalough, Laragh, Annamoe, Roundwood, Ashford, Rathnew and Wicklow Town, where it links with onward train connections to Rosslare, Dublin and beyond. This rural-transport funded service is a mainstream public transport service available to everyone.

The 183 provides greater connectivity than ever before for these communities in rural Wicklow, who can now avail of quality public transport at local level. It also provides a stronger link to national bus and rail networks.

This project represents a significant investment in rural transport specifically and public transport generally by the state. This new route will also offers greater connectivity across a range of tourism attractions in Co. Wicklow and makes it easier for visitors to get around.

On a national level, Local Link services are playing a key role in connecting people with local attractions along the Wild Atlantic Way, Irelands Ancient East and Irelands Hidden Heartlands. TD for Wicklow and Minister for Health Simon Harris said:

“I’m delighted to be here to-day at the launch of new Local Link bus services for Co. Wicklow. It is great to see the expansion of the Rural Transport Programme in this region and in Co. Wicklow particularly.

“I am keenly aware that the primary objective of the Rural Transport Programme is to provide a quality nationwide community based public transport system in rural Ireland which responds to local needs and today we see an important step in that direction for Wicklow.

“Under Ireland2040, there is a commitment to continue to support public transport in rural areas, both through ongoing capital investment and through further subsidies for services provided under the Local Link Programme. This investment will continue over the lifetime of the National Development Plan.”

Fine Gael TD  Andrew Doyle believes the new service is a game-changer for Wicklow as businesses will benefit from the new connections between small communities in the county.

“I am delighted that we will now have a direct bus link from Wicklow town to Glendalough with the new 183 route. It’ll be a game-changer for the people and businesses of Wicklow, connecting smaller villages with Wicklow Town. It’s a significant step forward for Wicklow as a tourist destination.

“Glendalough is one of Ireland’s most beautiful and historical sites and it is fantastic that there is now more access to it. Up to now, visitors travelled from Dublin to enjoy Glendalough and would then have to make their way back to Dublin. This new route will open up Wicklow to tourists and enable Wicklow Town to become the base for exploring this beautiful county,” said Doyle.