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Transport chaos to hit May bank holiday

Mark O'Regan and Louise Kelly

Published 30/04/2015 | 02:30

Siptu and the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) are planning a 48-hour stoppage tomorrow and Saturday
Siptu and the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) are planning a 48-hour stoppage tomorrow and Saturday

BANK holiday travellers face transport misery on three fronts, with Irish Rail works and taxi fare increases adding to the chaos caused by the bus strike.

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Drivers at Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann have planned a series of strikes, over the privatisation of routes, which will shut down the network.

Siptu and the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) are planning a 48-hour stoppage tomorrow and Saturday.

Passengers unable to take the bus may also be inconvenienced by rail works over the weekend, and by rising taxi fares, which kick in today.

While the standard taxi charge will drop, the rate per kilometre travelled will rise - meaning the average journey will cost 4pc more.

The chief executive of Bus Éireann, Martin Nolan, said that an 11th-hour deal to avert the strike was possible if workers re-entered negotiations with management. But failure to broker a deal would have "dire financial consequences" for the company and spark widespread public anger, Mr Nolan warned.

"This weekend is one of our busiest of the year. The strike action will have dire financial consequences for our company and Dublin Bus," he said.

Meanwhile, Dart services north of Connolly station as far as Malahide will not be operating at all on Sunday and Monday of bank holiday weekend.

Dundalk Drogheda and Belfast services will operate instead from Malahide Dart station.

This is due to "essential maintenance works" according to Irish Rail.

Dublin Bus will be accepting valid rail tickets in affected areas.

Irish Independent

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