Draft new bus network for Waterford Metropolitan Area unveiled and Public consultation now underway

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has published its draft new bus network for the Waterford Metropolitan Area. The redesign of the bus network is one of the eight key elements of BusConnects Waterford that aims to transform the area’s bus system, making public transport more useful to more people.

Under the proposals within the Waterford bus network redesign report, there will be a 100% increase in the level of bus services in Waterford city and its suburbs. More routes will offer high-frequency service. Frequencies will be improved on Sunday and in the early mornings. Public bus services will be extended to new areas, bringing bus services within 400 metres walk of 73% of residents.

Four proposed routes would operate every 15 minutes, seven days a week. This includes Route 4, Outer Ring Road to Ferrybank. Areas currently served in only one direction will gain two-way services. New bus services will be introduced in areas such as Kilbarry, Skibbereen, Dunmore Road and Slieverue.

All routes in the draft new bus network serve the city centre with the main point of interchange located in and around the vicinity of the Clock Tower. This will facilitate cross-city commuting, as will the introduction of new cross-city routes. Fares will be simplified in a way that will make interchange seamless. Customers will not have to pay extra to change between bus services within a 90-minute period. The new network report  been prepared by Jarrett Walker & Associates, a US based firm which specialises in designing metropolitan public transport systems, in collaboration with the NTA, Waterford City and County Council and Bus Éireann.

Consultation on the draft new network will run for 6 weeks and ends on the 16th August 2024. An Post will deliver up to 40,000 information booklets to residents and businesses along the proposed draft new bus network. Public information events will take place in the Tower Hotel, all of the details are below. An online Public Information webinar will take place on Monday 22nd July, details on how to register for this webinar are below. The online consultation process will allow members of the public to provide their feedback on the proposals. Click on the following link to give us your feedback –  Public Consultation Feedback Form. The redesign will be finalised in the coming months and the new network will be rolled out from 2026.

Public Information Events:

Date: Thursday, 18th July
Location: Tower Hotel (Ardmore room), The Viking Triangle, Waterford, Ireland, X91 VXEO
Time: 12pm – 7pm

Date: Friday, 19th July
Location: Tower Hotel (Ardmore room), The Viking Triangle, Waterford, Ireland, X91 VXEO
Time: 9am – 2pm

Public Information Webinar 22nd July at 1.30pm

Please register in advance for this Zoom webinar by clicking on the link below and providing the requested details:

https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9mYHSdk6Qq-I5Jfqjpvq6Q

After registering, you will receive an automatic confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom Webinar.

To view the online map of the Draft New Network click on the link below.

Waterford draft New Network Map

To take part in the public consultation click on the link to the feedback from below.

Public Consultation Feedback Form

The draft new Bus Network report, summary report, frequency table and maps are all available to download below.