The Irish government is currently spending 10 Million Euro on sign posts for the new Wild Atlantic Way. This stretches 2.500 kilometres from Donegal to West Cork. The route takes in some staggeringly beautiful scenery. It's aimed at car drivers, cyclists and hikers. Yet I don't see any talk of money being spent on public transport. The public transport infrastructure is there in terms of private hackney minibuses that are used every day to transport schoolchildren. Why can't these same companies be used for public transport for tourists and locals to sight see and do their shopping or visit the nearest town for a night out?
I went to the Algarve and Warsaw last last year. I was knocked out with the incredible public transport systems in Poland and Portugal. Why do so many of our rural areas lack public transport? Is it the car that's made the countryside so accessible and property so unaffordable for so many?
We live on an incredible beautiful island called Ireland. Rural Ireland is slowly dying with it's none existant public transport, rural isolation, smoking ban, closing pubs, post offices, emigration caused by unemployment, and police stations. Mainly because the recent governments seem to spend all the house hold (property tax) charge on the the big cities and so little on the rural areas.
So blog readers (especially those who are rural dwellers) will you please tell me about the rural public transport in your area. Do you use it, is it expensive and would you get rid of your car if you had public transport?