Hopes for improved Mungret bus service

first_imgWhatsApp Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat TAGSLimerick City and Countynational transport associationNewsNTApoliticsTransport TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Print Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Twitter Linkedin Email Cllr Dan McSweeney, Fine Gael. Photo: Cian ReinhardtMUNGRET, Ballybrown and Clarina and could soon be benefitting from an improved public bus service.This follows a motion from Fine Gael councillor Dan McSweeney at a recent meeting of the Limerick City and County Council’s Travel and Transportation Strategic Policy Committee where he asked the council to engage with the National Transport Authority (NTA) to secure improved bus services for the area.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The City West representative was informed that the local authority is actively engaging with the NTA in the development of the Limerick Shannon Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy.“Baseline studies and projected growth for population centres in Ballybrown, Clarina and Patrickswell will form the basis for consultation between Bus Éireann and NTA for appropriate bus services to meet the demand,” a Council spokesperson explained.Cllr McSweeney told the committee that there are currently four services connecting Clarina to Limerick City Monday to Friday from 8am to 5.15pm. The service is reduced to two times a day on Saturdays and one on Sundays.“Upon your return from Limerick City you have four bus services commencing at 1.35pm with last service at 5.40pm and similarly these services reduce to two on a Saturday and one on a Sunday.“One of the major issues surrounding the return bus route is timing. Many students travelling to secondary schools, completing after school study and those working in Limerick City centre are unable to use public transport due to there being no later bus service,” Cllr McSweeney explained.He also pointed out that Mungret has been promised an extended bus service for a number of years and is still waiting for it.“Mungret has grown significantly over the last number of years with additional housing and new schools and these public transport plans have still not materialised. The improvement of the Clarina bus service will be able to work hand in hand with the provision of improved bus services for Mungret,” he concluded.center_img Previous articleLimerick woman to lead hotel industry through challenging timesNext articleStorm Jorge brings Orange Weather Warning this weekend Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsPoliticsTransportHopes for improved Mungret bus serviceBy Alan Jacques – February 27, 2020 579 Limerick on Covid watch list Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Letter

first_imgDear EditorI would like to alert you to a matter that should be of concern to the many bakers that use a small transit van to deliver their goods.The operation of large goods vehicles is covered by EU rules, which incorporate drivers’ hours, tachographs, rest periods and other exacting operating requirements.Vehicles 3.5 tonnes and below (transit type van and smaller) are exempt from the EU rules, but must be operated within ’domestic rules’, which are far less stringent and offer much more flexibility and simplicity than for large goods vehicles. These domestic rules have not altered fundamentally since the 1960s, but the Department of Transport (DOT) is now reviewing them. As it is a consultation, the rules may be: scrapped altogether; left as they are; or made more complex and stringent.I am part of the consultation process already, as I am a qualified transport manager and an operator of both large and small goods vehicles. We are well-known to the DOT and are members of the Freight Transport Association. But many bakers will be unaware of this review and the possible implications, restrictive and costly, that may arise from it.Some questions that may concern bakers if rules become more stringent include:Question 4: Should break requirements be introduced for drivers of goods vehicles in GB? In large goods vehicles the break requirements are 45 minutes after 4.5 hours’ driving, which must be taken as one 45-minute break or a 15-minute and a 30-minute break. When delivering with smaller vans to canteens and food shops in multi-drop operations, we find that our drivers take several smaller regular breaks – usually with their friendly customers at convenient times. It is rare that one of our van drivers would have 4.5 hours’ total driving time in a day anyway, because most of the work is spent loading and unloading. But how would the driver prove that they had not broken the rules?Question 9: Should weekly/fortnightly rest requirements be considered for drivers of goods vehicles? Large vehicle drivers must take a full day off every week and a full weekend’s (two continuous days’) rest every fortnight. If this is extended to small vans, the one-man baker may not be able to drive his van every second Saturday. Some bakers I know work every day (seven days) albeit only an hour or two on Sunday. If a baker has a buffet to nip down to the local village hall on the Saturday evening, he couldn’t drive the van himself if he also drives in the week.Question 13: Should the use of tachographs become mandatory for vehicles operating in scope of the domestic rules?New vehicles must have digital tachographs. To drive the van, the baker must have a personal digital tachograph smart card (individual for each and every driver) and a reading machine (computer) to analyse the cards, and keep records and maintenance. This effectively means that, in the event of staff shortages, it would not be possible to use a casual driver or for one of the bakery staff (without the tachograph card) to stand in.To respond to the consultation document visit: http://tinyurl.com/lc9o8r.John Foster, Fosters Bakerylast_img read more

Massapequa Preserve Homicide Victim Identified as Valley Stream Man

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Julio Cesar Gonzales-Espantzay, 19, of Valley Stream was identified as the homicide victim whose body was found in Massapequa Preserve last month, Nassau County police said.The victim’s body was discovered near Seaview Avenue and Ocean Avenue in Massapequa Preserve on March 23.Police have ruled his death a homicide and released a sketch, which the department distributed with the hope that someone could identify him.His body was taken to the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office to help determine a cause of death.Police did not release any other details on Wednesday.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All calls are anonymous.last_img read more