Management at Cara House has echoed calls for an improved town bus service in Letterkenny.
The Family Resource group says that they do not feel the current town bus is adequately serving the needs of the public.
The issue of the Letterkenny Town Bus was raised by county councillor Gerry McMonagle at the local municipal district meeting on Tuesday. He called for an upgraded and improved service and clarity on the bus timetable.
Cara House have spoken out in support of Cllr McMonagle’s statements and suggested a suitable route change to make Letterkenny more accessible to all.
They said: “A low emissions, accessible bus that ran regularly around the town could serve many more and reduce congestion and parking difficulties in the town.
“Many people are bussed into the town and then to access areas other than the Letterkenny Shopping Centre they are into walking or getting taxis which is very costly.”
They also recommended that a central Letterkenny bus could take bus passes serving the needs of older people and people with disabilities.
Susan McCauley from Cara House said: ”We meet people on a daily basis who would like to access our courses and activities but are restricted by transport issues.
“At a recent meeting with planners regarding the Letterkenny Town Plan issues regarding the bus were raised by not only members of the Older People’s but also the Youth Council.
“We feel that a bus such as the one we are suggesting would benefit all, not least Letterkenny Main Street retailers, and bring life back to the town centre.”
Cara House has registered this need with Donegal County Council and The National Transport Authority.
Their suggested route is as follows:
Cara House are suggesting a new route from the Railway Roundabout (Tescos) up to the Hospital and Park, down the High Road to Government Buildings and the new Court House, on to Justice Walsh Road for the Hospital Outpatients then turn left onto Pearse Road for the Community Centre.
Turn left at the roundabout to go up the Port Road for the Theatre and Regional Cultural Centre and on to Main Street for the Post Office, and Courtyard Shopping Centre and Library continuing down Lower Main Street where it could serve as a catalyst for redevelopment.
On Pease Road then turn right to the Retail Park and Cinema then round again for the Dunnes retail area and onto Neil T Blaney Road for the Council Public Services Centre using the new road (under construction) to go back to LYIT and base.