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To: Shane Ross, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport & Anne Graham, National Transport Authority/CEO

Keep Clare Bus in Clare!

Reverse the decision of the National Transport Authority to transfer the Clare-TCU to West-Limerick

Why is this important?

Clare-TCU is the office where local dispatchers take calls for bookings, who know where all our regular passengers are based. We have 16 years’ experience of delivering a flexible and fully accessible bus service to the people of Clare and South Galway.
Dispatchers work closely with drivers to make sure the bus diverts to where the people are, facilitating bookings up to an hour before departure.
The dispatchers are the life force, that direct the bus service, look after drivers and, above all, look after the passengers. They are part of your community.

The TCU is the driving force behind Clare Bus, taken away from our community the service will be a shadow of its former self.

Impact on passengers: loss of the highly responsive service that has become a life line to many people.

Impact on Clare Bus: loss of dispatchers, taking out local control of service provision and development threatens the viability of the whole service and potentially puts 25 Clare jobs at risk.

How it will be delivered

email, deliver and press release


Reasons for signing

  • Clare Bus is accessible,to people and for people. My Mother and her friends uses it every week. It plays a large part in maintaining their independence. Their access to the service is facilitated by the dispatchers knowing the local area and communicating this knowledge to the drivers. How can someone, located nearer to Kerry than Clare, have that sort of local knowledge? It makes no sense to take something that works and put it in a position where it can't. Keep Clare Bus in Clare.
  • Because its not just a tender, its an ethos - for the people, by the people. Clare bus isn't just a bus service, its a comprehensive support network based on relationship.
  • This is a tremendously valuable resource in the community, much more than just transport alone, indeed it is a lifeline to many and a huge improvement in many peoples lives, providing access to travel and a huge improvement in their social lives

Updates

2019-05-23 12:41:06 +0100

Neither the NTA nor Local Link Limerick have communicated the future structure of the Clare TCU to Clare Bus. However the NTA have recently stated to the Board of Clare Bus that there will be redundancies among office staff within the TCU. How many have not been confirmed. The drivers and associated staff are not included in this situation.
No representative from Local Link Limerick has visited the office to discuss how existing service levels are to be delivered or maintained.

2019-04-20 13:16:26 +0100

Update: Representatives of the Board and management met with the NTA on Thursday April 18th in Dublin. A guarantee was issued by the NTA that "the current service level to passengers will remain exactly the same". The people will watch this very closely. The NTA have requested Clare Bus to meet with Limerick Local Link to discuss how this can be done. Until this meeting the campaign is scaled down a bit, the petition however remains open for signing. We would like to thank all of our supporters for their continuing efforts and wish them a very Happy Easter.

2019-04-07 09:23:29 +0100

Dear supporters, we would like to thank you for the tremendous response we got for our campaign. The following week will be crucial in our attempt to keep the development and provision of rural transport services for Clare IN Clare. Please spread the word and help us to achieve this goal for your county, we can't do it on our own. Thank you from all at Clare Bus. Get more info: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClareAccessibleTransport/?ref=bookmarks, Web: http://www.saveclarebus.info

2019-04-04 10:33:08 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2019-04-03 21:35:36 +0100

500 signatures reached

2019-04-03 15:58:58 +0100

100 signatures reached

2019-04-03 14:59:43 +0100

50 signatures reached

2019-04-03 14:37:42 +0100

25 signatures reached

2019-04-03 14:06:35 +0100

10 signatures reached