North Kilkenny bus operator Buggy’s Coaches will suspend local routes indefinitely from this Friday due to soaring costs

A bus company that has been operating from North Kilkenny for over 70 years has announced that local services are being canceled due to soaring costs.

Buggy’s Coaches routes between Kilkenny and Castlecomer and Kilkenny and Ballyragget will cease this Friday.

The company has been running services continuously since 1950.

In a statement to KCLR, Denis Buggy explained that they were in talks with the Ministry of Transport with the aim of obtaining funding to help them or other private operators:

“We have been in discussions with the Ministry of Transport for months and they advise us that there is no funding currently available or offered for a private bus service and that they have many people like us who must suspend operations due to the cost of operation now being much more than revenue”

He says they have also spoken with other providers who are also cutting staff, some cutting their routes in half to try to stay in business.

Denis confirmed that their coaches will still be on the road for now despite the indefinite suspension of these key routes:

“We will continue to organize tours and day trips for our customers and the business will continue in this area following the sale of the local bus fleet”

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