information website about the campaign
Is it over? Done and dusted?
What does it mean?
- transfer of the development of the services to Newcastle West
- transfer of the provision of services to Newcastle West (these 2 points mean, that all planning and managing of the rural transport for the whole of Clare will be tranferred to Newcastle West)
- unknown status of Clare Bus for the future
- no input from Clare on considerations which routes to serve
- loss of local knowledge accumulated over the last 16 year
- loss of a business model long hailed as an example in favor of a standardised version
Who is who?
In order to understand the players in this game we need to explain a few things first:
- The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Minister Shane Ross (Website)
- The National Transport Authority (NTA) (Website)
- The Rural Transport Programme (RTP)
- Local Link (Website)
- Clare Accessible Transport t/a Clare Bus (Website)
How does it work?
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport provides funding and policy framework for the Rural Transport Programme (RTP) through the National Transport Authority (NTA). The RTP now operates under the name 'Local Link'.
Seventeen TCUs (Transport Co-ordination Units, brand name Local Link), manage the delivery of rural transport services nationally on behalf of the Authority.
The TCUs contract local bus companies to provide the service "on the road"
Clare Bus is in the unique position to be both, a TCU AND a bus company, which is the reason for the widely acknowledged success of their service model. The service delivered by Clare Bus is above the standard of the service delivered in other counties because of this uniqueness which now is under threat.