Wicklow Rural Transport was officially launched on the 31st of July 2003. The service provides bus routes which were designed to meet the needs of people in isolated rural areas of Co. Wicklow which allow people gain access to urban facilities such as national train and bus services, large shopping centres, leisure facilities, medical and health services, etc.
Wicklow Rural Transport recorded 189,822 passenger journeys since April 2003 to the end of December 2009.
Wicklow Rural Transport’s main focus is to deliver a quality service to serve the needs of the community. WRT provides its services with the support of the Rural Transport Programme which is funded by the Department of Transport. Other funding is secured from the Department of Social Protection (Free Travel) and from Wicklow Co. Council.
The key target groups are those with potentially the highest unmet travel needs:
- Older people
- Young people
- People with disabilities
- People on low income
- People on home duties
Wicklow Rural Transport contracts 8 local operators for the provision of services and provides a semi-flexible door-to-door transport service where possible i.e. the service can divert off route if necessary to accommodate passengers’ needs.
Who Can Use the Service?
All services are open to members of the public; however our focus is on providing services that particularly meet the needs of rural dwellers.
Wicklow Rural Transport currently operates 23 services
Holders of Dept of Social Protection travel passes travel free of charge.
Children under 5 years of age travel free
Where people are unable to get to the nearest pick up point, the bus driver will collect them and return them to their homes and even bring in the shopping.
Monday: Baltinglass – Newbridge
Monday: First Monday of the month 1 bus from Donard & 1 from Dunlavin
Tuesday: Baltinglass/Blessington – Newbridge or Carlow
Wed: Donard/Stratford – Baltinglass or Carlow
Thursday: Aughavannagh/Rathdangan – Baltinglass or Carlow
Friday: Dunlavin – Carlow
Saturday: Stratford/Donard – Tallaght or Carlow
Saturday: Stratford/Dunlavin – Newbridge
Mon-Fri: Valleymount/Lacken/Kilbride/Lugnagun – Blessington
10. Mon-Fri: Baltinglass Kare
For times of above services, please contact: Dermot 087-2516623
11. Mon-Friday: Shillelagh – Gorey (3 times per day)
12. Saturday: Shillelagh – Gorey
13. Saturday: Shillelagh – Carlow
For times of above services, please contact: Liam 086-2722913
14. Friday: Aughrim-Tinahely – Arklow or Gorey
15. Friday: Ballinaclash/Greenan/Glenmalure – Rathdrum
For times of above services, please contact: Eugene 086-8525553
16. Mon-Fri: Gorey – Carnew
For times of above service, please contact: Matthew 087-8349520
17. Thursday: Laragh – Wicklow/Arklow
18. Friday: Barndarrig/Redcross/Brittas Bay – Arklow or Wicklow
For times of above services, please contact: Mick 087-8176630
19. Thursday: Trooperstown – Rathdrum or Wicklow
20. Sunday Trooperstown – Roundwood
For times of above services, please contact: Teresa 086-2698659
21. Tuesday: Rathnew/Ashford/Newcastle – Dublin
22. Wednesday Ashford/Newcastle – Dublin
For times of above services, please contact: Gerry 087-2047916
23. Demand responsive Kilbride – Wicklow
For details contact: Breda Whelan 086-3535494
Contact Wicklow Rural Transport
Wicklow Rural Transport
3rd Floor, Avoca River House,
Contact Person: Breda Whelan, Manager.
Phone/Fax: 0402 – 20955