TFI Local Link Donegal Sligo Leitrim is enhancing bus services from Castlerea to Sligo via Ballaghderreen from Monday the 6th of November.

Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan

This enhancement is part of the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan which is a major national public transport initiative developed and funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA) as part of the Transport for Ireland (TFI) Network.

Enhanced connectivity to villages and areas, and regional bus services

Route 977 will be enhanced to operate up to eight daily return services Monday to Saturday between Sligo to Ballaghderreen, four of which will extend to Castlerea and three daily return services on Sunday with all services extending to Castlerea. The route will offer enhanced connectivity to villages and areas such as Loughlynn, Gurteen, Bunninadden, Ballymote, Collooney and Ballisodare.

The enhanced route will continue to provide peak-time and evening services for commuters and will also provide improved connectivity to regional bus services, ATU Sligo Campus, Sligo University Hospital and St. Angela’s Campus.

Speaking ahead of the launch, TFI Local Link Donegal Sligo Leitrim General Manager, Fiona O’ Shea said: “Route 977 is the fifth enhanced service in the Sligo area in recent weeks and we are delighted to once again announce increased frequency on a service which will be well received by the local communities along the route.

“This enhanced service will open up opportunities for local residents to access education, employment, health, social and recreational opportunities and onward travel from early morning to late evening.”

Additional Information

For route and timetable information, call 074 9741644 or visit

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