The concluding part of BERNARD H. ALLAN’s marathon bus journey across Ireland sees him reach Malin Head and reflect on how Ireland’s bus services could be improved
Journey 13 Vehicle: Scania K310IB/Irizar New Century 07-D-86477 fleet number SC215
Service: 09:00 BÉ PSO route 175A Cavan to Clones (continues to Monaghan)
Distance: 29kms (18 miles) in 30 minutes.
Cavan Bus Station is a single-storey redbricked building at the southern end of Farnham Street and replaced a two storey structure on the same site in 1987.
Nowadays Leap Card can be used on all BÉ services, but this county town lacks an agent. Along with another passenger I board the coach at the front of the station. The lady driver greets us. I tender my Leap Card and €9.50 is deducted; curiously the online BÉ Fare Finder returns a fare of €6.65 for this journey.
We proceed along Farnham Street passing Johnston Central Library outside which stands a statue of the 7th Baron Farnham, Henry Maxwell. Along with his wife, Anna, he sadly perished in the Abergele rail disaster in 1868.