As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.
Objective 1.5 of the National Positive Ageing Strategy seeks to "enable people as they age ‘to get out and about’ through the provision of accessible, affordable, and flexible transport systems in both rural and urban areas".
The National Transport Authority (NTA) 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 (RTP) which now operates under the Local Link brand.
In light of the NTA's responsibilities in this matter, I have forwarded the Deputy's Question to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.