The retail unit which has been lying idle for some time at the bus and railway station in Clonmel is expected to be open and fully operational once again within the coming two months. And it is hoped that it will also provide much-needed toilet facilities for bus and rail customers who arrive in and depart from Clonmel.
Since the closure of the shop and cafe unit at the station house, commuters have been forced to use the toilets on the premises of some nearby local businesses. The issue has been raised many times by irked Borough Councillors, who have persistently requested that the relevant body - Iarnrod Eireann or Bus Eireann - be written to and asked to provide adequate toilet facilities for their customers.
Iarnrod Eireann previously stated that it already provides toilet facilities for its customers on its trains and the provision of such facilities in Clonmel was not its responsibility. A Bus Eireann spokesperson said that they did not have station facilities in the town, instead considering the bus station as a ‘stop’ only. It did pledge its commitment to upgrading the bus stops located on the Davis Road, near The Showgrounds Shopping Centre.
At this month’s meeting of Clonmel Borough Council, Town Clerk Billy Doyle said that he had received correspondence confirming that a deal had almost been finalised for the letting of the retail unit at the station, and said that toilet facilities would be available there.
“I am confident that the lease will be signed, sealed and delivered in the next two months and I believe that there would be some form of toilet facilities there,” said Mr. Doyle.