The Mayor of Waterford City, Cllr Mary O’Halloran, yesterday launched a new bus route by JJ Kavanagh & Sons between the Dunmore Road and Tramore.

The new route comes as a welcome relief to locals who can now avail of a high frequency service that has been much needed in the area for some time.

It will be a great boon for people traveling to that end of the city for work, shopping or visiting the hospital.

The service, which will be launched next Tuesday in Tramore, is set to serve the following stops: Passage Cross, Blenheim, Knockboy, the Woodlands Hotel, Grantstown Park, Viewmount Lower, Regional Hospital, Fernashoneen, WLR, St Catherine’s, The Folly, Scared Heart Church, Tramore Road, Gracedieu, Halfway House and Tramore.

Kavanaghs is a family owned business a positive point noted by the Waterford Mayor. Founded in 1919, it is the largest privately run coach company in Ireland with each coach on average less than two years old.

The business is now in its third generation of ownership and employs 170 people.

They recently acquired Kenneallys bus service in the city, a business that goes back to the early 1930s and the name is still retained under the Kavanagh ownership. The latest service move will be a boost to public transport users and will help alleviate road congestion.

Airport services

Paul O’Farrell of Kavanaghs, who manages the local operations, says that the Dublin airport service is doing very well with the 12.30 am service from Dublin to Waterford being popular. The 1.30 am service to Dublin Airport arriving at 4.30 is the busiest and gets people there for the early morning flights to Europe, where check in opens at 5am onwards. There is another bus there to the airport at 3.30 am from Parnell St. There is a 5.15 am. service from Tramore to the airport arriving at 9.30 am. and the latest is at 8pm from Tramore.