Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow John Brady has met with the CEO of Bus Éireann Ray Hernan to ask for the reinstatement of route 133 back into Bray.
Speaking following the meeting, Teachta Brady said:
“Last year the 133 Bus Éireann service began by-passing Bray town centre and used an alternative route via Upper Dargle Road. The National Transport Authority recently confirmed that what was a temporary detour was to last indefinitely.
“I met with the CEO of Bus Éireann Ray Hernan to express the anger of the public that have been directly affect, and to ask him to ensure the route is reinstated while alternative plans are looked at.
“Bus Éireann have firmly laid the blame of the loss of route 133 through Bray at the feet of the National Transport Authority. At our meeting it was revealed that the NTA turned down a proposal from Bus Éireann to run a dedicated route into Bray, in parallel they wanted to run one directly between Wicklow and Dublin. This was a temporary proposal whilst alternatives proposals were brought forward. Unfortunately the NTA showed no regard for the people of Wicklow and turned down the proposal.”
“I also proposed to the CEO a new dedicated route would be put in place linking Arklow, Wicklow Town and Bray. Mr Hernan confirmed that this is a proposal that Bus Éireann are willing to consider. This would allow a direct 133 service to operate from Wicklow Town to Dublin. However, I pushed for the reinstatement of the 133 service back through Bray while new route proposals are considered.”
“Mr Hernan assured me the concerns of the using public along with my proposals would be given serious consideration. I have however subsequently requested a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer of the National Transport Authority Ms Anne Graham.”