Bus Eireann retain five city bus routes

Bus Éireann has been awarded the new five-year contract for the provision of public bus services for Waterford City by the National Transport Authority (NTA), which the company described as ‘a very proud achievement for our staff’.
The company has retained the 601, 602, 603, 604 and 605 services, and will also have to add 17 further disability-friendly buses to the fleet, a move which has been welcomed by local disability campaigners.
Said Acting Chief Executive Ray Hernan: “Bus Éireann celebrates 30 years of service to Waterford this year, and it is great for us to be able to mark this occasion by winning a new contract to continue to provide and enhance Waterford City bus services. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who worked on this successful bid, and in particular to all staff in Waterford, who provide these services.”

TD David Cullinane (SF) said the award represented a “vindication of the Bus Éireann funding model,” adding that “it challenges the myth that public transport companies are not competitive”.
He stated: “Bus Éireann is an essential part of our public transport network. It provides a good quality service to a huge number of towns and villages that would otherwise be isolated.”
City & County Councillor Joe Kelly (Ind) said the “right decision” had been made and that common sense had prevailed.

“The fact that the existing bus service in Waterford came out on top is a testament to just how competitive our services are, providing good, stable work for unionised bus staff, with fair terms and conditions of work rather than a ‘race to the bottom’.”
Cllr Kelly who is also Vice President of the Waterford Council of Trade Unions, stated: “I’m delighted that the bus service in Waterford will continue to be provided by unionised Bus Éireann workers and I hope that all bus services around the country will continue to be provided by Bus Éireann into the future.”

NBRU General Secretary Dermot O’Leary welcomed the decision, stating: “Public Services should remain in the ownership of the Citizens, they should not be farmed out to the private sector where anonymous shareholders reap the dividend while the Irish taxpayer picks up the tab.”

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