Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described the delay by management at Bus Eireann to determine whether Bansha will receive a much needed bus shelter as bordering on the contemptuous.
He said he has once again, made urgent representations to Bus Eireann’s Chief Executive to explain the huge delay in arriving at any concrete decision.
“I have been pursuing this matter over the course of the last year and still find to my amazement that no decision has been made despite explicit assurances in January last year that review of the allocations for funding for bus shelters was imminent! It is simply not acceptable to continue to subject the residents and visitors to Bansha to unsheltered conditions as they wait to pay Bus Eireann for the journeys they are making. It is not a marble palace we are asking for only the construction of a modest, sufficient structure that will enable passengers to wait in some kind of comfort; it is the least they can expect.
“In the last statement of accounts for Bus Eireann it had a €286.3 million turnover and although it has seen a decline in passenger numbers recently I can only say that further such decline will continue to be inevitable given the lack of such basic amenities as a bus shelter. The people of Bansha are not asking for much and so I would sincerely hope that they take the concerns that exist on board and move forward more swiftly than they have to date,” he said.