New Local Link bus route through mid Tipp to start next week

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A new Local Link bus service taking in parts of mid Tipperary has been launched.

The new 858 service connecting Portlaoise to Thurles will launch on Thursday week, July 1st, running seven-day services which will complement the existing 828 service between Portlaoise and Cashel.

The Portlaoise to Thurles service will take in towns and villages including Two-Mile Borris, Urlingford, Johnstown and Abbeyleix.

The timetable for the new service is available here.

TFI Local Link Laois Offaly Manager, Frances Byrne said: “The timetable for the new 858 service is structured to meet other transport links such as Irish Rail and private operators along with some of our own TFI Local Link Laois Offaly services to provide greater access for the local communities in the rural areas.

“We are actively trying to reduce our carbon footprint by giving greater public transport links and looking at sustainable modes of transport for our future generations.”

TFI Local Link Tipperary Manager, Anthony Moroney said: “This service is a considerable investment by TFI Local Link Tipperary and TFI Local Link Laois Offaly in conjunction with the National Transport Authority and Department of Transport in the transport infrastructure of rural Tipperary, Kilkenny and Laois as it provides an enhanced and new transport links for rural villages and townlands along the two routes.

“It will allow residents to access the various employment, educational, cultural and social assets/opportunities of Cashel, Thurles and Portlaoise.”

CEO of the National Transport Authority, Anne Graham said: “I’m delighted to see TFI Local Link working together to provide greater connectivity between our rural towns and villages.

“These new routes will offer greater access for people to go about their daily lives and to access essential services. I look forward to seeing more interconnectivity of services throughout the country in the not so distant future.”