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Proposed new 24-hour bus service to improve Limerick to Shannon Airport connection

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Proposed new 24-hour bus route to improve Limerick to Shannon Airport connection

Planned new Bus Éireann route will offer 24/7 service between Limerick and Shannon Airport

Planned new Bus Éireann route will offer 24/7 service between Limerick and Shannon Airport will make an easier conenction for passengers
Proposed new 24-hour bus service to improve Limerick to Shannon Airport connection. Picture: ilovelimerick

A planned new Bus Éireann route will offer 24/7 service between Limerick and Shannon Airport will make it easier for passengers to travel between the city and the airport.

The National Transport Authority (NTA), in partnership with Bus Éireann and TFI Local Link Limerick Clare, is proposing to improve Route 343 and would like to hear your views. This enhancement is part of the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan, which is a major national public transport initiative developed and funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA) as part of the Transport for Ireland (TFI) Network.

The Bus Éireann Route 343 will run between Limerick and Shannon Airport via Setrights Cross, Bunratty, Shannon Town and Shannon Free Zone and will run every 20 minutes at peak times Monday to Friday and every 30 minutes at other times during the day and all-day at the weekend. It will also run 24/7, with buses running every 60 minutes throughout the night.


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The changes to the 343 route mean the service will no longer run beyond Shannon to Ennis, but alternative direct options between Limerick and Ennis will be the Limerick-Ennis Irish Rail Service, the Bus Éireann Expressway Route 51 or the Dublin Coach Route 300.

The Existing Route 343 school journeys between Ennis and Munsters Cross via Quin, Kilmurry and Sixmilebridge will be withdrawn and replaced with New Route 317, which will operate to similar times.

The proposed amendments include the new Route 343 will run between Limerick and Shannon (Town, Free Zone & Shannon Airport) and will be operated by Bus Éireann; a new Route 330 will run between Ennis and Shannon (Town, industrial zones & Shannon Airport) and will be operated by Bus Éireann.

They also include a new Route 316 will run between Sixmilebridge and Shannon (Town, industrial zones & Shannon Airport) and will be operated by Bus Éireann; and new Route 317 will run between the Jetland Shopping Centre (Limerick) and Ennis via Sixmilebridge and will be operated by TFI Local Link Limerick Clare.

The revised network will result in a higher frequency between Shannon and Limerick; a high-frequency, simple common bus corridor between Shannon Town, its industrial areas, and Shannon airport; and more departures to Ennis, Sixmilebridge, Kilmurry, Cratloe and Quin.

Consultation on this revised service will run for 3 weeks.  The closing date for submissions is 4pm on Thursday 9 May 2024.

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