Good news for Clare Accessible Transport Ltd – Breen

January 23rd, 2014 - Pat Breen

Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen has stated that County Clare will see the creation of a new transport-coordination unit (TCU) for the provision of rural transport services across the County, which is good news for Clare Accessible Transport LTD. The news comes as part of the continued overhaul of the Rural Transport Programme and the announcement by the Minister of State at the Department of Transport Alan Kelly T.D. that Clare Accessible Transport Ltd is one of the 18 new Transport Co-Ordination Units.

“The services provided by Clare Accessible Transport Ltd provide a lifeline for many communities across the County and particularly for those living in isolated rural areas which are not served by Public Transport. Their route network operates in the East, North and West of the County and facilitates access for people to travel to attend medical appointments, pension collection, shopping and hospital visiting.

I am very pleased that Clare Accessible Transport Ltd will now continue to provide for the transport needs of our rural communities.

The new TCU will be allocated new roles such as maintaining databases of people in rural areas with specific transport needs and assisting coordinating voluntary efforts to address these. They will also have a role in assessing the needs of isolated areas when it comes to the granting of a new category of hackney license – the ‘Local Area Hackney License’ by the NTA.

I was very pleased that our rural transport network is not only protected but that it can expand into the future and I look forward to a bright future for Clare Accessible Transport Ltd in this regard.