Rural Transport Network

The Rural Transport Network (RTN) is the representative body of the 17 Transport Co-Ordination Unit, CLASP Sligo (Community of Lough Arrow Social Project) and Comharchumann ChlĂ©ire Teo – Cape Clear Islands Bus Service. These companies deliver a broad range of transport services under the Rural Transport Programme (RTP) on behalf of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport under the national brand – Local Link.

In 2012 responsibility of the programme was transferred to the National Transport Authority (NTA) and Local Link offices now operate services across the country. While ensuring the continuation of the cornerstone successes of the RTP such as Demand Responsive door to door transport, Local Link has contributed to a dramatic increase in the delivery of high frequency scheduled services operating between centres of population in rural Ireland.

Local Link plays a vital role in delivering services in local areas, particularly in some of the most remote rural areas, providing a lifeline for many in terms of social inclusion and connectivity and are a key contributor to rural economic and social wellbeing.