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Saturday 19 April 2014

Fuel prices mean public transport far cheaper: Bus Eireann

Bus Eireann

MOTORISTS could save thousands of euro a year by switching to public transport, it has been claimed.

Bus Eireann said rising fuel prices meant it was cheaper to use city bus services for a month than fill up a tank of petrol.

 

A survey carried out by the company also found the annual cost of fuel for travelling by car between Kells and Dublin is around €4,725.

 

"However, if that person was to take the bus between Kells and Dublin using a Bus Eireann weekly ticket, it would cost them €2,702 a year - a saving of over €2,000," a spokesman said.

 

Bus Eireann said those eligible for tax-saving schemes could avail of even further savings.

 

In a separate example, it compared the €14.50 cost of a return bus ticket between Galway and Ballinasloe with an estimated petrol bill of more than €20 for the same trip by car.

 

"With petrol and diesel prices increasing it is getting more and more expensive to use the car," a spokesman said.

 

"Commuters who leave the car at home a couple of days a week and take the bus instead could cut their bills by hundreds of euro a year."

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