The service will link Mullingar to local tourist attractions.
A new pilot shuttle bus is being launched in Westmeath.
The service will link Mullingar to the Royal Canal Greenway and the beautiful Belvedere House Gardens and Park.
TFI Local Link Longford Westmeath Roscommon working in partnership with Fáilte Ireland and Westmeath County Council, has developed the pilot shuttle service to allow visitors to Mullingar to access Belvedere House and Gardens and other key points in the area.
It will operate Saturdays and Sundays in October and during the October mid-term.
Commenting on the launch of the service, Damien O’Neill, Manager TFI Local Link LWR said; “It has been such a tough year for people and many people have dealt with that by getting outside and walking and cycling. We are lucky to live somewhere with so many lovely places to get fresh air and exercise. It is important to create opportunities for visitors to the area to choose public transport and cycling. We hope this pilot service will give that choice to the people living in Mullingar and to visitors staying in the town. Here in Mullingar, the opportunity to pilot a scheme linking the train station, the greenway and associated trailheads and a key destination venue like Belvedere was a great opportunity for TFI Local Link LWR and we enjoyed working with the council and Fáilte Ireland to develop the pilot.
Westmeath County Council’s Tourism Officer, Úna Doris added; “With many visitors now travelling to Mullingar without a car, either by train or by bike on the Royal Canal Greenway, this pilot initiative offers the opportunity for them to explore more of Mullingar, linking the Greenway with Belvedere House, Gardens and Park through the town centre.”
Brian O’Flynn, Head of Ireland’s Ancient East at Fáilte Ireland said; “Fáilte Ireland is pleased to support this pilot scheme alongside TFI and Westmeath County Council. This shuttle service creates a seamless experience for visitors to Mullingar by providing easier access to key points of interest like the Royal Canal Greenway, Belvedere House & Gardens, Mullingar town centre from the train station. As we continue on the path towards recovery of the tourism sector this initiative will support the local tourism economy within Ireland’s Ancient East while also providing an enhanced visitor experience.”
Dates of Services:
Saturday & Sunday in October 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th & 31st October 2021 (10 days)
Mon 25th, Tues 26th, Wed 27th, Thurs 28th Fri 29th October 2021 (5 Days)