New Hackney Scheme Won't End Rural Ireland's Transport Concerns

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Two towns in the midlands will benefit from the government initiative.

A Pilot Hackney Scheme will help a Westmeath town but it's not likely to be the final answer to people's rural transport concerns.

That's according to Castlepollard Local Development who say they've been pushing for improvements since their inception.

The new scheme will allow a number of rural towns, including Castlepollard, avail of a local taxi license with a grant worth potentially €6,000 as a subsidy to ordinary fares income.

Chair of the group, Stephen O'Brien says they want to see other projects developed in tandem with the pilot program, but they welcome the news:

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