On October 29th, 2021, the National Transport Authority (NTA) launched a public consultation to improve transport connections in rural areas – ‘Connecting Ireland’.

Connecting Ireland seeks to make public transport for rural communities more useful for more people, and it will do this by:

• Improving existing services

• Adding new services

• Enhancing the current Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) network which meets the transport needs of people who live in remote locations.

The NTA has undertaken a comprehensive analysis to better understand where rural bus service improvements are required with a view to introducing new and improved connections between villages and towns; and providing better access to public transport in rural areas.

An online survey is now open to gather views of the public for proposed routes and services in each county. The survey as well as the maps for each county and more details on the consultation can be accessed on https://www.nationaltransport.ie/consultations/connecting-ireland-consultation/

The closing date for submissions is Friday, 10 December 2021.

We encourage all residents of rural Ireland to participate in this survey