Tuesday 16 January 2018

Bus services suffer second round of cutbacks

Fergus Black

BUS services across the country are to be further reduced as part of Bus Eireann's multi-million euro cost cutting plan, the company said yesterday.

The changes -- the second round of cutbacks announced this year -- will come into effect at the end of the month and will see a reduction in frequency or a change on 18 routes, with the complete scrapping of one route.

Route changes will affect services across a number of regions including centres in Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Sligo, Cavan, Limerick, Kerry and Carlow.

One "low frequency" service, route 70 Galway to Athlone, will be completely withdrawn from March 28.

The latest move is part of an overall plan to change nearly 100 routes and save up to €15m but the company said its plan was vital to maintain as many of its 330 routes as possible.

It will also involve 250 voluntary redundancies with the first of the drivers affected leaving the company in the coming weeks and the full job cuts programme expected to be completed by early summer.

Irish Independent

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