Local Link Mayo Wins Top Award

Posted in Connect on November 25, 2019.


The work of Local Link Mayo (www.locallinkmayo.ie), the door-to-door and scheduled bus service in Mayo, was acknowledged with the best ‘Age Friendly Transport Award’ at the 4th National Age Friendly Recognition and Achievement Awards in Croke Park last week.

Beating off competition from Dublin Bus and Local Link Laois the service won the award for its innovative and creative approaches to making Ireland a great place in which to grow old.

The award recognised the impact that the weekly Local Link bus routes, ferry services and hospital appointment services have on the lives of elderly living in rural Mayo communities.

Commenting on the award Sarah Togher, Local Link Mayo said “This award demonstrates the power of demand responsive transport to combat isolation and exclusion in our communities.  Through our flexible transport model vehicles alter their routes based on particular transport demand rather than using a fixed route. This means we can accommodate door to door pick ups that allow elderly people to access local shops, post office and other services. Living in remote areas should not mean that people do not have access to vital services and social outlets.  Our drivers know people by name, look out for them, with the journey becoming part of their weekly social interaction.”

Local Link Mayo has recently extended it 45 routes weekly routes in addition to operating scheduled hospital appointment services for the HSE from scheduled dialysis and hospital day services and supports.

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