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Locals fear new Leitrim Local Link service may leave vulnerable passengers trapped at home

Jul 1, 2021 13:07 By Shannonside News
Locals fear new Leitrim Local Link service may leave vulnerable passengers trapped at home Locals fear new Leitrim Local Link service may leave vulnerable passengers trapped at home
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While locals are welcoming the expansion, they are afraid the fixed routes of the service will leave many people unable to avail of the service.

The new Local Link bus expansion for Leitrim must not lose its flexibility and focus on public service.

That's according to a local service user with mobility issues who claims the rigidity of the new system in Leitrim will leave people prisoners in their own homes.

A new expansion to the service has seen the existing 2 routes replaced by 6 new routes on a fixed path between towns and villages to a scheduled timetable.

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Concerns have been raised locally that no local companies have been selected to run the service.

Speaking to the Joe Finnegan Show today, service user Paul, says the previous service saw drivers use their discretion to leave the fixed-route when needed to help collect or drop off vulnerable passengers.

The local man who is diagnosed with MS, says they've tried to fix a system that wasn't broken in the first place:

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