Alan Kelly, Minister for Public & Commuter Transport has welcomed the announcement by the National Transport Authority of the launch of a new bus service between Portlaoise and Cashel.
Minister Kelly said - “The Portlaoise to Cashel service will be operated by M&A Coaches, the second contracted route to be awarded to a private company, which will receive public subsidy to support a socially necessary service.
“I welcome the award of the new contract, it will be of major benefit to local people. This service will connect people along that corridor with other services to both Cork and Dublin. Furthermore it provides people with access to and from hospital in Portlaoise.”
The new service will provide three round trips on Mondays to Saturdays between Portlaoise and Cashel via Urlingford. Additional services will operate on Friday and Sunday evenings. The new service will be
co-ordinated with Route 828 which operates between Portlaoise, Abbeyleix, Durrow, and Johnstown and now will be extended to Urlingford to link up with the new 828X. Route 828 is also subsidised by the Authority and is operated by M&A Coaches under contract with the Authority.
Onward public transport connections are available in Portlaoise towards Newbridge, Naas, Dublin Airport and Dublin City. Connections are also available at Cashel with Bus Éireann Route X8 for journeys towards, Cahir, Mitchelstown, Fermoy and Cork City.