Sligo Councillors call for more bus shelters to be installed

A Sligo councillor has called on Bus Eireann to ‘show a bit of respect’ for its passengers and ‘the paying public’ by providing shelters in a number of areas.

Independent Councillor Margaret Gormley says that without its passengers, the bus company would not be in business at all.

Cllr Gormley was speaking at a meeting of Sligo County Council which heard of a number of areas where bus shelters were needed.

Fianna Fail Councillor Jerry Lundy called for two shelters on the N17 Tubbercurry by-pass and two more on the by-pass at Curry.

And his party colleague Cllr Seamus Kilgannon spoke of the danger for school children waiting for a bus in Rathcormac, on the N15 north of Sligo.

He said the pupils shelter under a canopy at a shop and then had to dash across the busy road when they see the bus coming.

He also said there was a need for a bus stop on John Street in Sligo.

Meanwhile, Fianna Fail councillors Martin Baker and Paul Taylor called for a bus stop to be provided in Ballinafad.

Council Senior Engineer Tom Brennan says talks should take place first between the local community there and Bus Eireann to find out if the bus will stop.

In relation to the bus shelters sought, he said the council was investigating the possibility of including bus shelters on the N17 Circular Road in Tubbercurry.

In Curry, land would required at suitable locations.

As regards Rathcormac, he said groundworks for a shelter could be included in a traffic calming scheme for which the council had got money.

And work on providing a bus stop in John Street in Sligo was ongoing.