Bus service for Carlow Town 'agreed in principle' after efforts from Public Participation Network

By the end of 2019, Carlow Town should have a regular bus service operating on two routes

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Bus service due to be set up in Carlow Town

The bus service for Carlow Town was 'agreed in principle' after efforts from the county's Public Participation Network persuaded the National Transport Authority, it has been revealed.

The NTA gave a presentation to Carlow Municipal District members earlier this year outlining their proposals, plans and two specific routes for a new and regular bus service installed in Carlow Town by the end of 2019. 

Meanwhile, the Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Sean Kyne, on Tuesday launched the Public Participation Network Annual Report 2017.

Public Participation Networks were established in all local authority areas following the enactment of the Local Government Reform Act 2014.

Their main function is to facilitate and enable the local community to interact with local government and other relevant legislation for the good of their communities.

Of the 29 responding PPNs, 26 gave at least one example of an impact made by PPN representatives in their area. 

In Carlow, the annual report for last year states: "Case put forward for town bus service in Carlow town, PPN Rep along with Director of Services persuaded National Transport Authority and have agreed in principle."

The Minister said: "In 2017 alone, there has been a 21% increase in PPN members, to 12,800. However, increased membership is not the full story.

"Capacity building is also required to ensure that the increased membership translates into tangible benefits. To this end, over 1,200 hours of dedicated, focused training was provided to over 2,600 participants during 2017.

"This has resulted in 882 PPN participants on some 380 boards and committees - ranging from Joint Policing Committees to County Tourism Boards to Local Development Partnerships - working diligently for the good of their communities."

The Minister added: “There is no doubt in my mind that the value of citizen participation in local decision making has been directly enhanced by the development of PPNs, who better to know what’s best for their communities than local people?”