Bus Eireann announces exciting changes for the Waterford area

Bus Eireann announces exciting changes for the Waterford area

By Sparky Mac Fluffin

Bus Eireann, the official bus company of Winterval 2018, has announced some very exciting news for customers in the Waterford area! 

Bus Éireann, in conjunction with the National Transport Authority (NTA) are pleased to announce the recent introduction of an enhanced Waterford city service.

This enhanced network is delivered by a fleet of 17 new state-of-the-art city buses. All vehicles are fully accessible and feature Transport For Ireland livery. These single deck buses operate the five city routes in Waterford, which are newly re-numbered W1 – W5.

Customers are reaping many benefits with new timetables meaning extended hours of operation and increased service frequency. For the first time in the city a full Sunday schedule will now operate.

All 17 new vehicles feature a bright new interior design, comfortable seating, a dedicated wheelchair space, a separate designated child buggy space, priority seats, USB sockets, complimentary Wi-Fi, CCTV security cameras throughout, as well as journey information screens.

These service improvements took effect on Sunday, December 9th last with customer benefits as follows:

Route W1 (formerly 601) & Route W2 (formerly 603)

Increased hours of operation and frequency 
New Sunday and Public holiday timetable 
In addition, Route W1 & W2 combined will now provide a service every 10 minutes to Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) throughout the day, with a combined 20 minute frequency during the evening. 

Route W3 (formerly 602)

Saturday will have an increased frequency
New Sunday and Public holiday timetable 

Route W4 (formerly 604)

Increased hours of operation and frequency
New Sunday and Public holiday timetable 
Route W4 will also be extended to Brown’s Road to serve both the IDA Industrial Estate and WIT.

Route W5 (formerly 605)

Increased hours of operation and frequency
New Sunday and Public Holiday timetable 

In order to further enhance the customer experience, over the next eight weeks, new bus stop infrastructure with stop specific information will be installed across Waterford City. The boosted network will be supported by additional driving and supervisory staff, creating 21 new jobs in Waterford.

Speaking about the improved network and fleet changes, Michael Faherty, Bus Éireann Services Manager in Waterford said: “This major network enhancement has been designed to better facilitate customer demand, encourage increased usage of public transport and is a major boost for our customers in Waterford City.”

Anne Graham Chief Executive Officer of the National Transport Authority said: “We see these enhancements and improvements to bus services in Waterford as a significant development as part of the Transport for Ireland integrated public transport network.

“This represents very good news for the people of the city and the region who will now have a bus service that’s more frequent and more useful, seven days a week across all routes.”

The best value fares are available by using a Leap Card - which will guarantee savings of up to 30% on cash fares. For more information see www.leapcard.ie/waterford. As of December 1 last, Tramore is now included in the Waterford City Red Zone and will benefit from urban fares.

A single ticket from Tramore to Waterford will now only cost €1.96 when using your Leap Card. For new detailed timetable information see here: www.buseireann.ie/Waterford 

All service enhancements on Routes W1 to W5 that have been approved by the National Transport Authority.

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