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Luas operator wants to take over bus routes


Transdev,who are currently struggling to operate the Luas and stuck in a never ending pay dispute with their employees, now plans to bid to run bus services under new Government reforms.

Under the new plans around 20 routes currently operated by Dublin Bus, as well as some run elsewhere around the country by Bus Éireann, will be put out to tender.

While the State transport companies can compete to continue to operate the services, the process which is now getting under way will also be open to private firms.

A Transdev spokesperson said the company would be bidding to operate routes as part of the tendering process which will be carried out by the National Transport Authority but declined to say what exact routes they would be looking to run.

They currently employ over 83,000 people in 19 countries worldwide with services that include trams, buses, light rail and metro services.

Last year the company won 15 bids to operate new services internationally, including in Germany, Sweden and New Zealand.

Staff in Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann are strongly opposed to the reforms which they fear could lead to the privatisation of bus services traditionally operated by the State sector.

With regard to the on going pay dispute between Transdev and Luas drivers, new Minister for Transport Shane Ross said over the weekend that he would not be intervening in the dispute nor would he be using State money to bring the industrial action to a conclusion.