The new operator of Clare bus is reassuring that current passengers will continue to be provided for.
It comes as a contract relating to the operation of rural transport services for the region has now been signed.
Now known as Local Link Limerick Clare, the voluntary, not-for-profit, community organisation was last month selected as the preferred bidder to deliver rural transport services in the region for the next four years.
But the transfer of the contract from existing operators Clare Accessible Transport led to fears that the service could be reduced, and a petition against the move containing over 6,000 signatures, has since been delivered to the Dáil.
A funding agreement between the National Authority and the County Limerick and North Cork Transport Group relating to the coordination of the bus fleet has now been signed.
In a statement to Clare FM, Management of Local Link Limerick Clare, have said that passengers served by current routes and services in Clare will continue to be provided for and that they’ll be working closely with the NTA and operators to ensure continuity.
They say they will be exploring new rural transport bus routes and initiatives such as the Community Car Scheme and the proposed Local Area Hackney Model to build on service numbers for 2018.