It’s not acceptable that Bus Eireann can simply change a bus route, like route 52 connecting Ballina to Galway, without any consultation. That’s the view of Erris based Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway Walsh

The Minister for Transport Shane Ross has been asked by the Mayo Senator to address the Seanad on the urgent need to maintain Bus Éireann Route 52.

The route is at present under review, according to Bus Eireann, and an alternative service looks set to be rolled out in 12 weeks time, the company confirmed to Midwest News earlier this week.

Any change in the service will impact on Kiltimagh and Swinford residents who regularly use the route, but will also impact on north Mayo patients attending medical appointments in Galway.

Senator Conway Walsh wrote to Minister Ross about concerns over the route and recently received a reply in which the Minister said he does not interfere in the management/operation of the bus services.

The Senator told Midwest News today that the response is a “cop out” and is demanding a full debate on accountability within the regional transport network.

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