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NTA announces plans to retain bus service connectivity

NTA has today announced its response to the decision by Bus Éireann to withdraw from or reduce service on a small number of Expressway routes.

National Transport Authority Chief Executive Anne Graham said:

“When the prospect of reductions to Expressway services was raised recently, NTA said that we would step in, establish the extent to which these changes gave rise to gaps in public service coverage, and bring forward proposals to fill those gaps.

“Today, we are doing precisely that, and we believe that what we are putting forward will retain connectivity and retain services along the effected corridors.

“Should it be the case that the solutions we are bringing forward require some amendment or adjustment, we will of course respond positively to any feedback that we receive.

“The Authority has assessed Bus Éireann’s proposed changes and has determined that overall, there are enough existing services to meet demand. The exception is the withdrawal of Route 21 from Westport to Athlone where we have determined that there is a public service obligation and where we are considering amending an existing PSO service to meet that obligation.

“There remains some time and space over the coming days, for the parties to resolve this dispute. I would urge them, for the sake of the travelling public to use this opportunity to get around the negotiating table and engage with each other, so that passengers are not unnecessarily inconvenienced.”

To download the overall proposals and the report on the proposals for the Clonmel to Dublin corridor click on the links below;

Initial Review of withdrawal of some Bus Éireann licensed services

Review of withdrawal of Bus Éireann licensed services on Route X7 between Clonmel and Dublin