Limerick City Timetables - Late 1990s

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

January 11th, 2015, 12:26 pm #1

There was a long period of stability between 1st July, 1979 and 8th July, 2000. There was some re-tweaking opd services to Pineview, Raheen, University and Clareview in the 1980s but other routes' timetables were virtually unchanged. 
With economic growth in the mid 1990s, extra cros-city boards were added to services to Caherdavin, Raheen and the University but lap times were not uniform and there was resultant frequency binching, particularly on routes to the latter destinations. In fact, the situation on these routes resembled those on the old 402 and 404 in Galway. The enhancements were facilitated by the arrival of other KCs such as KC6 etc. KDs could be seen on the 3, 5, 6 and 8, most frequently on the latter but they disappeared in 1996.
As ever in the city, timetable book issues were few and far between but one was published in (I think) 1998 and I have pasted copies below. Without wishing to appear uncharitable or sarcastic, this booklet is not pleasing to my eye. The formatting is a bit askew and the use of mixed upper-case fonts conveys a sense of unfriendliness whilst the front cover looks like an abandoned draft for a wedding invitation. Note, as is not uncommon, nowadays, the lack of any date!

At this stage, conductors could appear on all routes except the 11.

Cliona Park is in Moyross but with the start of the introduction of OPO from October, 1987, the route had been truncated back to the old Ballynanty terminus because that was the nearest available safe turnaround location. However, timetables and destination displays continued to display "Cliona Park". Castle Park is in Moyorss (Glenagross) and is now served by the 303.

Enjoy!










Last edited by Paul on January 11th, 2015, 12:31 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Joined: July 22nd, 2012, 9:40 pm

January 12th, 2015, 6:07 am #2

Really confusing Paul ! Not an easy timetable to follow. As a matter of interest have the changes initiated by the NTA improved the service in Limerick. The number of routes has been reduced but passenger numbers seem to be up .
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Joined: August 26th, 2010, 3:24 pm

January 12th, 2015, 7:28 am #3

Passenger numbers are definitely up Noel. Even on the 07.10 304 out from town this morning, there were about 25 aboard.
However, as I've said on numerous occasions in the past, punctuality is the main problem now!

While the NTA may have screwed up in some respects, they certainly have better looking timetables!
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Joined: February 10th, 2010, 8:00 pm

January 12th, 2015, 11:24 pm #4

Thanks for putting these up Paul. Never knew Limerick had so many routes before all the changes in 2000! These timetables and the route variations are so confusing it makes the old Galway city services seem easy to follow and utterly logical by comparison!

How was Raheen so badly served if it seemingly had the 4, 8 and 11 serving it? I notice that some of the shall we say dodgier areas didn't get buses after 7 pm even back then. It be a very long time since buses stopped serving places like this.
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Joined: August 26th, 2010, 3:24 pm

January 13th, 2015, 7:47 am #5

Thanks for that  VWL119.
Services to Raheen were all over the place alright. There were varying lap times of 1 hour on the 4 to St. Mary's Park and 70 minutes on the 8 and 11 to University and Pineview respectively so what might start out as 07.00M 07.20U 07.40P became 08.00M 08.30U 08.50P 09.00M 09.40U etc. etc. so every few hours or so, there was a "reset" achieved by running a bus to the city centre only. The Sunday service to Raheen was truly abysmal too.

The un-numbered daytime runs from University to Caherdavin were allotted a 1 hour lap time! plus-ca-change!

At this stage too, it was common to see KRs deployed on un-timetabled relief runs.

It was all going to end as the KCs were falling apart, traffic congestion was playing havoc with punctuality and parts of Castletroy and Raheen which had been built in the 1970s were still not served (in the latter case till 2005).

Clareview is not a deprived area: just completely unremunerative (if there is such a word) so late evening buses were withdrawn from there in 1979.

Shannon Banks and Lynwood Park were reasonably good areas too and the former had its late evening and all-day Sunday services restored in 2000.

Carew Park, though a council estate is not relatively deprived and since, 2000, has had a late evening services. 
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