The Green Party said today that current levels of customer service must be maintained on a number of orbital bus routes, following the announcement from the National Transport Authority that British company Go-Ahead has been selected as the preferred bidder for the contract to operate the routes.
Around 10% of Dublin Bus routes – all of them orbital routes, were put out to tender.
Speaking today, Green Party Representative in Dublin West, Councillor Roderic O’Gorman, said: “The most important thing now is that the NTA and the Government ensures that there is no deterioration of the standard of services on the routes that have been put out to tender. The real test of this tendering process is whether services for commuters actually improve on these routes. As a daily user of the 17a, I'll be watching closely to ensure there is no decrease in the frequency or reliability of the service.
“Around a third of the routes that will be operated by Go-Ahead pass through the Dublin 15 area. While most of the journeys are orbital, rather than going directly into the city centre, they provide a vital link between the outer suburbs and key locations such as the Blanchardstown Town Centre, Dublin City University, Beaumount Hospital and Connolly Hospital. They are especially important for students and elderly people.
“While Dublin Bus may have lost the tender, it is vital that it redeploys the buses previously on these routes to its remaining routes where they can enhance the level of service provided. This can be done as part of the ongoing BusConnects review of bus routes across the city, which provides an opportunity to make commuting by bus attractive to a much larger number of people. However, this review requires increased levels of investment in public transport by the Government in order to be a success.”