Home > Our Services > Your Council > Council news

Press Release: Bus Service between Athlone and Mullingar

TFI Local Link Longford Westmeath Roscommon is launching a new bus route, which will improve connectivity between Athlone and Mullingar from Monday 28 August 2023.
This new route is part of the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan which is a major national public transport initiative developed and funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA) as part of the Transport for Ireland (TFI) Network.
Route 819 which will operate five return trips seven days a week, is the second of two new rural regular routes which the NTA and TFI Local Link Longford Westmeath Roscommon launched this summer. The Route will connect villages and areas such as Castletown Geoghegan, Loughnavalley, Ballymore, Drumraney, Mount Temple, and Baylin.
The New Route will offer a peak-time service for commuters as well as late evening services. It will also provide improved connectivity to regional bus services and the wider TFI Network with connections at Mullingar and Athlone Irish Rail Stations to facilitate onward travel to Dublin, Sligo and Galway. It will also serve the FÁS Centre in Garrycastle and the Fardrum Stop will connect passengers to the Athlone Campus of the Technological University of the Shannon.
Additionally, this Route will also serve as a link between the town of Mullingar and Belvedere House Gardens and Park, with three services a day to the Westmeath County Council Parkland Amenity.
Speaking ahead of the launch, TFI Local Link Longford Westmeath Roscommon General Manager, Damien O’Neill said: “We are delighted to launch this important link between the towns of Mullingar and Athlone. This route is a priority for our area and it will play an important part in developing reliable connections for our passengers. We all know the importance of using sustainable modes of public transport from an environmental point of view. It is also vital that passengers have a frequent bus service which they can rely on to travel to work, college, training, sightseeing, or meeting family and friends.
“In partnership with the NTA we are working to deliver affordable, accessible, appropriate public transport for our area. The NTA is committed to the growth and development of local bus services, which in this case, is a brand-new high frequency service linking two key rural towns that will provide opportunities for people to get where they need to go.”
For route and timetable information, visit: www.locallinklwr.ie
To learn more about the Five-Year Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan visit: www.nationaltransport.ie/connecting-ireland/

Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 18/08/2023