Covid-19: Local Link suspends Kilkenny services, redeploys resources to help vulnerable in rural areas
Local Link’s Kilkenny evening services on door-to-door routes (DRT) have being suspended with effect.
In a statement, the company said these resources will instead be redeployed to the delivery of community support services for passengers who need medical and food supplies within rural areas, in particular the elderly, the vulnerable, and the sick.
In line with the Government’s recent announcement, the National Transport Authority (NTA) confirmed public transport services will continue to run and all other Local Link services shall continue. The NTA said “regular updates” will be provided over the coming days.
Local Link said it is working with local authorities, agencies, community and volunteer groups, the GAA, and An Garda Síochána “to ensure that vulnerable members of the community can avail of a trusted and coordinated support services over the coming weeks and months, providing additional trips where possible for essential travel to purchase provisions and making contact with passengers who are not travelling but may require assistance”.
It added: “Local Link is offering a collect and deliver service, where possible, from pharmacies and local shops for passengers, delivering critical medical supplies to the elderly, the vulnerable and sick within rural areas. Those in need of such support should contact their Local Link provider directly.”
Rural Transport Programme Manager Margaret Malone said: “We would like to thank everybody working to keep Local Link operating, and we ask our passengers in Carlow, Kilkenny, and Wicklow to work together as we try to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
For more information, visit: http://www.Locallink.ie