Bus Éireann signs contract with NTA to deliver services across Ireland
Posted: 2 December 2019 | Intelligent Transport
The five-year contract is worth in excess of €800 million and includes the delivery of services for 218 routes nationwide.
Bus Éireann Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Kent, said: “Bus Éireann has delivered strong passenger growth in 2019, and we are delighted to have played our part in conjunction with the NTA by significantly growing usage of public transport. Over the course of this new contract, we look forward to delivering further growth through new fleet, a strong customer experience focus and more service improvements to meet growing demand throughout Ireland.”
NTA Chief Executive Officer, Anne Graham, added: “Public service operation (PSO) bus routes provide a very important public service to communities all over Ireland as part of the Transport for Ireland (TFI) public transport network. Customers expect and deserve a safe, reliable and quality bus service and under this contract, we are challenging Bus Éireann to meet those expectations. Passenger numbers are on the increase nationwide, which is important as we seek to reduce our carbon emissions and congestion in our cities, and the 218 services included in this contract will support these objectives.”
There will reportedly be an enhanced frequency throughout the week and at weekends, with Sunday services planned to see a 50 per cent increase in frequency.
TFI Leap, Free Travel Card and cash will all continue to be accepted as payment by drivers on all of these routes.
The new five-year Direct Award contract with the NTA commenced on 1 December 2019.