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Bus Eireann confirm changes to fares on East Cork Expressway bus route after complaints of ‘extortionate’ pricing

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From CorkBeo.

Bus Eireann have confirmed new fares will come into place on the much-maligned route 40 Expressway Service between Cork and Waterford.

A petition started by newly-elected TD James O’Connor back in September 2019 got over 1,000 signatures with calls to address the “extortionate” pricing.

Mr O’Connor said at the time: “I am calling on Bus Éireann and the National Transport Authority management to immediately launch a review into the unsustainably high fares that continue to be endured by public transport users in the East Cork region.

“On the Route 40 service from Cork to Waterford, a return bus fare from Dungarvan to Cork city (75km) costs 50% less than the same journey from Youghal to Cork City (48km). It is also cheaper to travel from Dungarvan to Cork than to travel from either Youghal (48km), Killeagh (36km), Castlemartyr (31km) or Midleton (22km) to the same destination.

“An adult return fare from Youghal to Cork costs €19. Killeagh to Cork is €18.04, Castlemartyr to Cork is €15.10 and from Midleton to Cork is €11.40. The journey from Dungarvan to Cork costs €9.50.

“This is completely unjustified, and it is acting as a major deterrent to commuters taking an environmentally friendly option to travel to Cork City.”

And on Tuesday morning Bus Eireann announced that from Wednesday, February 19 that all fares will be changing on the route.

In total eight changes will be made to fares as outlined below;

Route 40 bus changes

– Cork to Midleton, Castlemartyr, Killeagh, Youghal, Grange: Reduced fares of €7 Single, €10 Return

– Cork to Dungarvan: Current promotional fares of €7 Single, €10 Return will become permanent

– Cork to Leamybrien, Kilmacthomas, Kilmeaden: Reduced fares of €15 Single, €20 Return

– Cork to Waterford: Current promotional fares of €15 Single, €20 Return will become permanent

– Waterford to Kilmacthomas, Leamybrien: Reduced fares of €5 Single, €9.50 Return