Limerick City Timetables - 1979 to 2000

Joined: August 26th, 2010, 3:24 pm

January 13th, 2015, 8:09 pm #1

After a period of cuts in the late 1970s, routes and timetables were recast from 1st July, 1979.
This new timetable would be stable for almost twenty years, save for the introduction of Route 11 in November 1984, pragmatic changes to Routes 2, 4, 8 and 11 in May 1986 and the additions of the late 1990s.

Although city services had been very "clock-faced" for decades, a new innovation was the introduction of alternating clock-faced departures at Greenfields (1, 10), Clareview (2, 8), Cliona Park (5, 10) and Raheen / Regional Hospital (4, 8) so as to maintain f-30 at these termini and their legs to and from the city centre whilst the corresponding termini at Shannon Banks (1), Castletroy (2), St. Mary's Park (4) and Lynwood Park (5) were served at f-60 with some peak-time additions.

Another innovation was the very large loop on the northern leg of Route 6 where buses from the City Centre went straight out the Ennis Road, returning via the longer Cratloe Road and Thomondgate.

As for Clareview, well if you took Route 2 out from Henry Street, you went via Union Cross, Shelbourne Road and Mayorstone whilst you returned via Roses Avenue to Union Cross and if you took Route 8, you went the other way around so if you lived in Mayorstone and wanted to get into town, you could board a no. 2 bus at xx.08 or cross the road and board a no. 8 bus at xx. 42 so whilst there was f-30 at the Clareview terminus (how many other termini had two stops?), you only had f-30 on average elsewhere!

Note the timings of the last three departures on Route 5 to Cliona Park on weekday nights: 22.00, 23.00 and 23.10! though this may have been some sort of roster legacy consequence. Note also the very poor Sunday service on Route 6 to Caherdavin though there was some effort made to accommodate returning students at 19.30 and 20.00. Apart from the early morning departures on Routes 3 and 4 and Route 11 itself, there was no differentiation between Mondays to Fridays and Saturdays! 

KCs 176-193 started to arrive later in January 1985 with KC194 following later so when the 1985 timetable pamphlet was printed, services on Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 and "12" were operated by "D" types with the AN68s mainly on Routes 3 and 8. These buses were 9-13 years old and were in an appalling condition for their age. The front corner panes on the upstairs windows of the PDR-6s were commonly steeled over, destination blinds had only been partially replaced after the changes of the late 1970s so on probably 50% of the D-s, it more was usual to see the the white ends of the destination scrolls and famous paper stickers on the front and side window panes. Number scrolls were used but on the front and side. I never really remember seeing them used on the back of Limerick buses until the MCs and DWMs came though I heard later that this was because of some sort of work-to-rule by conductors.

Ds would also be seen on Route 6 at weekends, and curiously, on the O'Malley Park runs on Sunday nights!

Routes 6, 7 and 11 were more commonly operated OPO by Cs and after these were withdrawn, by KRs until the beginning of the OPO process in October 1987.

However, there were up to 10 KDs floating around as well but these were usually deployed on Route "9" to the airport (except for runs via the low bridges and Sixmilebridge). They were also used on peak runs to places like Tipperary, Ennis and Adare. They had destination blinds too.

Unfortunately, your correspondent was an acne-ridden suburban school kid at the time with no access to internet and no knowledge on "Buses" magazine, so he regrets bitterly not having taken more photographs and recorded more observations at the time. I had no idea that the Ds would be gone by February 1986: I assumed that the KCs were replacements for the Cs.

Note that the timetable was free, compact, typeset professionally and almost error-free. Note the effort to promote Limerick as an "Expressway" hub and sell multi-journey tickets. Somebody also went to some trouble to create a route index for most of the major thoroughfares in the city. All in all, not too bad!

Anyway, Enjoy



Last edited by Paul on January 13th, 2015, 8:19 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Joined: July 28th, 2010, 11:38 pm

February 21st, 2015, 11:06 am #2

Thanks for putting this up Paul. It is very interesting. It looks like only a few of the termini are still the same, never mind the routes.
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Joined: July 22nd, 2012, 9:40 pm

February 22nd, 2015, 11:44 pm #3

How things have changed in Limerick Paul.
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Joined: August 26th, 2010, 3:24 pm

February 23rd, 2015, 7:47 am #4

Thanks guys.
Although the city has had clock-face operation for decades f-10, f-20, f-30 or f-60 (apart from messy additions in the late 1990s), there really has been an awful lot of messing about with routings and termini, when for example, you compare with Cork.

I hope to put up some old 313 and 343 tables this week.
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