Tuesday 27 June 2017

Paul Melia: Public transport's problems rooted in failure to get us out of our cars

Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Bus Éireann has had long-standing financial problems.

Apart from a brief period in 2014 when it turned a profit, the company has largely been forced to endure falling revenues and losses since 2008. It's not alone. Its sister company Irish Rail faces similar pressures.

There are two reasons, according to the consultants employed to look at Bus Éireann's finances - the impact of the recession, where passenger numbers plummeted, coupled with the issuing of commercial bus licences on its most lucrative routes to the private sector.

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