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Enhanced 168 Bus Eireann route will link both big towns to coastal areas

Drogheda Bus Station
A view of Drogheda Bus Station. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.

A new enhanced Bus Eireann route 168 will commence this Sunday, November 22nd, the National Transport Authority have confirmed. The new route will link Dundalk and Drogheda via coastal areas such as Baltray, Termonfeckin and Clogherhead.

Every 168 bus – which runs nine times a day between Monday and Saturday with a reduced timetable on Sunday – will stop at Out Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda and Dundalk Institute of Technology.

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The long-awaited service commences this Sunday and will replace the previous 168 service which ran between Dundalk and Annagassan. That service ends on Saturday.

The 189 route, which runs between Drogheda and Grangebellew and stops in Baltray, Termonfeckin and Clogherhead, will run for the last time on Saturday.

According to Labour TD Ged Nash, the NTA have confirmed fully accessible low-entry vehicles will be deployed on the route, allowing for wheelchair users to access the service. The service will include eight daily departures linking the country’s two biggest towns six days a week, with two more early morning services running between Annagassan and Drogheda.

The last 168 bus running from Dundalk to Drogheda will depart at 10pm in the evening, with a return bus heading north at 11.30pm, taking in Haggardstown, Dromiskin, Castlebellingham, Grangebellew, Annagassan, Clogherhead, Termonfeckin and Baltray on the way.

The Sunday service has four departures linking Drogheda & Dundalk.

“We are constantly advocating for better public transport options for our area in order to better connect areas like Termonfeckin and Clogherhead with Drogheda and to encourage people to leave their cars at home,” Deputy Nash commented on Tuesday.

Bus Eireann 168 Route Timetable

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“We first secured a commitment on this new service in early 2019 and after significant campaigning by us and public support from the people of the area, the new enhanced service will be a reality from Sunday.

Cllr Michelle Hall added: “It is particularly gratifying to see the weekend service enhanced with four services being provided on Sundays.

 “Bus Eireann is anxious to get feedback from users of the new service and comments from service users can be forwarded to [email protected]

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