The organisation representing private coach and bus operators in Ireland has today reassured customers that all services operated by its members will continue as normal during the industrial action by Bus Éireann workers.
The Coach and Tourism Transport Council of Ireland (CTTC), has said the strike will not affect any of the 292 scheduled commercial services across the country operated by private bus companies.
The CTTC also said they hope the dispute Bus Éireann management and its employees can be resolved to reduce disruption for the travelling public.
National Director Kevin Traynor said the private bus sector provides approximately two thirds of the scheduled commercial Bus and Coach Services across Ireland without any form of State subsidisation.
It’s members also deliver the majority of school transport services (under sub-contract from Bus Éireann), coach tourism services and private hire.
Mr. Traynor said a Comprehensive Review of public bus transport in Ireland is needed and the future needs to be planned for.
“An overall review should include input from all stakeholders: – private operators, Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus and the relevant Statutory Bodies, to form a cohesive and viable plan.
“It should integrate the roles of both the private and public sectors to work together to meet future growing demand for bus transport in rural and urban Ireland.
“It must also include how to deliver non-commercial routes which service the public good and ensure connectivity in rural communities, and how both commercial and non-commercially viable services can work together to provide a national network.”
“The private bus sector provides high quality, safe, cost efficient and commercially viable services to passengers and communities on a daily basis.”