Background of TFI Local Link

TFI 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 TFI 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 TFI Local Link office to identify gaps in service provision and to fill those gaps gradually in the most effective way, subject to funding.

TFI 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 TFI 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

TFI Local Link Wexford began operations in January 2015 and since then has grown rapidly, with exception of a dip relating to Covid 19. The chart above shows the number of passenger trips provided from 2015 to 2022.

Local Link Bus Service Fare Income

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

Local Link Bus Service Company Wexford Income & Expenditure

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

Mary B O Leary

General Manager

Margaret Ruttledge

Company Administrator

Abina Moore

Finance Officer

Mary Morris

Monitoring & Compliance Administrator

Corrina Egan

Marketing & DRT Coordinator

Charlene Power

Reception & Clerical Officer

Our Voluntary Board of Directors

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

Board of Directors: Patrick Butler (Chairperson) Marie Aspel, Helen Doyle, Jack Butler and Eamonn Hore.

Information

Wexford Local Link CLG t/a TFI Local Link Wexford

RCN: 20140809

CHY: 21485

Company Registration Number: 548429

Our 2021 financial accounts can be found at www.cro.ie and www.charitiesregulator.ie

Charity Purpose – Main Object The main object for which the Company is established the prevention or relief of poverty or economic hardship; and the provision of a benefit to the community, through the provision and support of any means of passenger transport and related services using roads (“Road Passenger Transport Services”) in County Wexford and surrounding areas, to create a better quality of life for people and local communities, particularly for those less advantaged, socially excluded or isolated and for vulnerable individuals, through the provision of transport, to integrate and involve those persons in the community.