Saturday 23 June 2018

Private bus company Go-Ahead to create 425 jobs with €8.5m investment

Go-Ahead Dublin
Go-Ahead Dublin
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Private bus company Go-Ahead is creating 425 new jobs as part of an €8.5m investment in Ireland.

The roles will be company-wide and include up to 350 bus drivers, as well as engineers, maintenance support, mechanics, planners, operational and administrative personnel.

"Since being awarded the contract to run 24 of the existing Outer Dublin Metropolitan Area (ODMA) bus routes by the National Transport Authority last August, we have been building our Dublin operation in preparation for a phased rollout commencing in September," Ed Wills, MD of Go-Ahead Ireland, said.

"Creating these new 425 jobs and providing a financially secure and investment ready business is critical for our colleagues, our customers and our ambitious expansion plans."

Drivers working at the company can expect to earn up to €32,000 per year with opportunities for further earnings with overtime, a contributory pension scheme, as well as other benefits, a statement from Go-Ahead said.

The announcement from Go-Ahead was welcomed by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross T.D. who described it as a "very significant" development for public transport in Ireland.

"As public transport usage increases the Government remains committed to working with experienced companies who understand the sector and are eager to invest in its future to the benefit of all," Minister Ross said.

In an additional development, Go-Ahead Ireland will cover the cost of bus driver training and acquiring the necessary D licence which equates to €4,000 per driver.

"We have taken this decision to encourage people who don't currently have the necessary D licence, but want to drive a bus, to apply and we believe this will open up the positions to a much wider group of people, who might not have considered a career in transport before," Mr Wills said.

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