Background of Local Link

Local Link is a development of the Rural Transport Programme (RTP) which was launched in 2007 to build on the success of its predecessor, the Rural Transport Initiative (RTI).

The RTI was established as a pilot project in 2002 to address issues of unmet transport needs from a social inclusion and community-based perspective. The RTI and RTP specifically focused on responding to rural isolation and enhancing the mobility, accessibility and community participation of local people, particularly those at risk of social exclusion.  In 2013 the responsibility of the Rural Transport Programme was transferred from Pobal to the National Transport Authority.

Initially the RTI and then the RTP in Co Wexford was managed by sub groups of South West Wexford Community Development Project and Wexford Local Development.  In 2014 these two companies agreed to form one new company to manage the RTP in Co Wexford and Wexford Local Link CLG was formed, (t/a Local Link Wexford).

Local Link Community Bus Service Wexford

The placing of the responsibility for integrated local and rural transport with the NTA, including managing the RTP, has had the effect of consolidating the oversight of all State funded local and rural transport services. It enables the development of better links between local and rural transport services and scheduled bus and rail services. It also enables each Local Link office to identify gaps in service provision and to fill those gaps gradually in the most effective way, subject to funding.

Local Link Wexford work with 11 bus operators, all based in Co Wexford to provide public transport.  The bus operators are contracted to provide all Local Link Wexford services of which there are two types;

  1. RRS – Regular Rural Services. These operate to a set timetable multiple times a day for 5, 6 or 7 days each week.
  2. DRT – Demand Responsive Transport. These are services that have a start and end time but they route may vary according to passenger bookings. Many of these services pick passengers up from their homes. These services generally operate one or two days each week.
Local Link Bus Service Passenger Trips

Local Link Wexford began operations in January 2015 and since then has grown rapidly, the chart below shows the number of passenger trips provided from 2015 to 2018.

Local Link Bus Service Fare Income

In line with the increase in passenger trips the fare income has also shown a steady increase as this chart depicts.

Local Link Bus Service Company Financial Turnover

Local Link Wexford’s turnover has also increased year on year since 2015 as new services are introduced.

Your Local Link Wexford Team

MaryB O Leary

Manager

Margaret Ruttledge

Administrator

Mary Morris

Dispatch & Compliance

Corrina Egan

Dispatch & Marketing

Our Voluntary Board of Directors

Our dedicated volunteer board of directors ensure that Local Link Wexford operate in a clear and transparent manner while operating to good corporate governance practise. Local Link Wexford are working toward compliance of the Code of Governance for Charities as recommended by the Charities Regulator Authority in Ireland.

The Local Link Wexford Voluntary Board of Directors is made up of the following members

Nicholas Foley

Chairperson

Gretta O’Connor

Vice Chairperson

David Ormonde

Company Secretary

Pat Rath

Director

Betty Breen

Director

Enda Furlong

Director

Tony Cline

Director

Information

Wexford Local Link CLG t/a Local Link Wexford

RCN: 20140809

CHY: 21485

Company Registration Number: 548429

Our 2018 financial accounts can be found at www.cro.ie and www.charitiesregulator.ie