The 139, a brand-new Bus Service,
began operation on Monday 12 March, running between Naas and Blanchardstown and connecting Blanchardstown IT, Ongar, Leixlip, Maynooth, Rathcoffey, Clane, Sallins and Naas, including Naas Hospital.
Seven days a week, nine services are provided each way, with first departures at 07.15 and last departures at 22.35. The 139 is a National Transport Authority (NTA) initiative and run for NTA as a Public Service Obligation (PSO) by JJ Kavanagh & Sons under the ‘Transport For Ireland’ brand.
Commenting on the new service, NTA Chief Executive Officer Anne Graham said: “When analysing public transport in the north Kildare/West Dublin area, we came to the conclusion that there was a demand for a bus service that would link significant population and activity centres such as Naas, Maynooth and Blanchardstown.
Thanks to the 139, moving along this corridor between these centres will now be easier than ever. The 139 offers a convenient way for students in Blanchardstown IT and NUI Maynooth to get to campus, for example. It also offers a public transport alternative for shoppers in places like Leixlip who want to go to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, where it interconnects with over a dozen Dublin Bus Service.
Leixlip is also a significant hub of economic activity, and the 139 will serve the Intel facility and other major employers in the area. We also believe that the 139 will prove to be of great benefit to people all along the route whether they want to take a short journey or a long one, and with Leap fares starting at €2.10, it is a great value offering.”
JJ Kavanagh & Sons, placed a new order with Volvo Bus to serve the Bus Service. Three Volvo B8Rs, each with the latest MCV eVoRa single deck bodywork, were selected due to their suitability for the operation required.
“The Volvo B8R offers the type of heavy chassis required to operate this new service, which is why we have turned to Volvo to supply this important order for us,” said JJ Kavanagh, Director of JJ Kavanagh & Sons.
“Particularly attractive to us is the new eVoRa bodywork which has just been launched. Among its many excellent features and benefits, is its wheelchair accessibility and three-point seatbelts, both elements are very important for the convenience and safety of our passengers.”
David Porter, Retail Sales Manager for Volvo Bus UK & Ireland, added: “We’re pleased to be supplying these three new buses to one of Ireland’s longest established and respected operators. We’re particularly excited about the new eVoRa from MCV and this order represents the first vehicles featuring this bodywork to be delivered in Ireland.”