BUS Éireann is to reopen its booking office in Killarney from this Friday following a public backlash to the decision to close the facility which houses the ticket vending machine for bus journeys, KillarneyToday.com can confirm.
The area was closed off to the public following the retirement of the tenant that operated a shop and café in the building last Saturday.
It resulted in commuters no longer having access to the ticket vending machine, waiting room or toilet with all seats having to be booked online or payment made to the bus drivers.
A notice on the door stated that the building was closed for refurbishments but, KillarneyToday.com confirmed that it was closed after the tenant and keyholder decided to end her lease.
Following representations made by Kerry TD, Danny Healy-Rae, this Wednesday, Bus Éireann said it has now made alternative arrangements and intends to reopen Killarney Bus Station from Friday next.
“Customers will have access to the ticket vending machine and timetables are available at the location. The coffee shop will remain closed at this time but they are actively seeking a new tenant for the premises,” Deputy Healy-Rae reported.
The 90 sq.m retail facility has been advertised online with a rental price guide of in excess of €20,000 per annum or 10 per cent of annual turnover.
Branded retailers are preferred and a five-year lease is offered with minimum trading hours from 7.00am to 7.00pm with the tenant required to open and close the bus station as per the café hours. Interested parties must submit their applications by November 13.
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