Wednesday, 7 October 2020
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
National Transport Authority
As Minister for Transport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.
It is the National Transport Authority (NTA) which has statutory responsibility for securing the provision of public passenger transport services nationally. The NTA also has national responsibility for integrated local and rural transport, including management of the Rural Transport Programme which now operates under the “Local Link” brand.
The issue which the Deputy refers to is a matter for the NTA and the other organisation.
In light of the NTA's responsibilities in this matter, I have referred your question to the NTA for direct reply to you. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.