Cathaoirleach of Monaghan County Council Seán Conlon has welcomed the news that the rural transport service 'Local Link' is set to create an additional route for the North Monaghan area.
The additional rural bus link will complement the existing M1 Local Link route that stops at Ballinode, Scotstown, Tydavnet and Knockatallon and will commence in the weeks ahead.
In a statement to Northern Sound, Cllr Conlon said: "Similar to the M1 service, the M3 route will transit into Monaghan Town with bus stops at the Monaghan Institute and education campus, as well as at Combilift and the Rooskey Health Care facilities.
"The new M3 will also have stops at the the major employers along that journey that include Mullan Lighting, Silver Hill Duck and Monaghan Mushrooms. With the expensive costs of running a car and high fuel prices, the value provided by the Local Link service is unbeatable, especially for our students and Free Travel Pass holders.
"For people seeking employment in locations that previously a car journey was required, the M3 service creates new opportunities for job seekers. Also, at a time when industries are experiencing work force shortages, access to rural locations along the new route for workers will be made easier.
"The provision of this new M3 service will enhance connectivity for those seeking to travel to further destinations by way of our regional and national bus operators. I look forward to new routes becoming established throughout County Monaghan in the time ahead."