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Saturday 19 April 2014

More private bus routes on the cards

File Pix Dublin  Bus on Dame St
Dublin Bus on Dame St

TRANSPORT officials have refused to rule out the prospect of a further wave of privatisation involving the country's bus services.

Some 10pc of routes operated by Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann will be privatised next year, with the tendering process set to begin in December.

There is major concern that the move will lead to increased fares for customers, while unions say the plan is "flawed".

The National Transport Authority (NTA) yesterday strongly defended the move to privatise a raft of bus routes, the majority of which are in Dublin and Waterford.

NTA chief executive Gerry Murphy told an Oireachtas Committee that all savings from the process would be injected back into bus services.

While Mr Murphy said that there was no immediate "ambitions" to increase the number of routes that are privatised, he indicated that further privatisation may have to be looked at.

It was confirmed that Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann can compete for the contract when the tendering process begins in December.

Irish Independent

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