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Unread 13-07-2016, 19:26   #23
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Originally Posted by James Howard View Post
Didn't there used to be medium, large and giant hops years ago?
There were indeed and the zonal map was published in the national Bus Éireann timetable book.

In terms of rail the outer limit of the Giant Hop (zone) was Mullingar with Maynooth at the start of the Short Hop (out of interest the corresponding Giant Hop outermost points on the bus corridors in that general area were Castlepollard, Kilbeggan and Virginia).

On the Northern Line Balbriggan, Gormanston, Drogheda and Dundalk were the outer stations of the Short, Medium, Long and Giant Hops respectively.

On the Kildare/Cork line Newbridge was in Long Hop with Kildare marking the outer Long Hop boundary. Carlow, Portlaoise & Tullamore were the outermost Giant Hop stations.

On the Rosslare Line Kilcoole, Wicklow and Gorey were the outer stations of the Short, Long and Giant Hops respectively.

Talking of Kilcoole it (not Greystones) is the true outpost of the Short Hop and it is disappointing that there is no validator there despite a Leap Card fare being advertised as available on the IÉ site.

What year will this be sorted out by? It's hardly an unreasonable ask.
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