The National Transport Authority are to introduce two new bus routes in Drogheda – connecting Aston Village and Ballymakenny College on the north side of the town to the Southgate Shopping Centre, south of the river.
The announcement came late last week as the government announced a €5 billion-plus stimulus package for the economy and further develops the current town bus network which serves Drogheda town, as well as Bettystown and Laytown.
The D1 bus route serving Laytown, via Bettystown, from Drogheda was launched in the summer of 2016 with D2 – which encompasses the Golf Links Road – was launched in 2019. The NTA say that route doubled the frequency along that corridor and that usage of both of those services post-lockdown has been encouraging.
The NTA now say they will introduce two new routes – Route D4 and D5 – connecting the Aston Village and Ballymakenny College areas to the Southgate Shopping Centre. Two buses will run from each location, per hour meaning four buses per hour will run across the the town of Drogheda on the trunk section.
The NTA also say they intend to augment and rationalise Route 173 (orbital service) and re-imagine that as a new Route D3 to form part of the overall town network and to integrate with D1/2 and D4/5. Currently, buses between Laytown and Drogheda run every 15 minutes across the ‘core daily operating hours’ with the first bus from Drogheda at 5.20am and the last at 12am during weekdays.
Golf Link Road services run every 30 minutes. The 173 town service takes in West Street, Upper Mell, the M1 Retail Park, DIFE, Mary Street, Meadowview, Marion Park, Ballsgrove, St Finian’s Park, Rowan Heights, Hillview, Rathmullan Road, Moneymore, Brookeville, Yellowbatter, Termonabbey, Newtown Road, Scarlet Street and Dominick Street.
“This new package of measures will deliver better public transport services and help maintain our road network in Louth which is so important for regional connectivity,” Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd said.
“It includes funding to allow new bus services to be introduced in Drogheda. “A particular focus will also be on improving conditions for pedestrians and cyclists through a substantial funding package totalling more than €80 million which is to be welcomed.”