Thursday 19 September 2019

Drivers won't pull Busáras night services as security to be beefed up


Bus Eireann
Bus Eireann

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

Bus Éireann drivers will not pull after-dark services at Busáras after the company promised to beef up security at Dublin's main bus station.

The National Bus and Railworkers Union (NBRU) said that drivers appeared to be favourable towards a continuation of night services from the station but said this came "with caveats".

Workers had threatened to withdraw services from Monday due to "outrageous thuggery" following a number of attacks.

Sources said another incident had taken place on a Waterford to Dublin Expressway bus when a man tried to grab the steering wheel, and two off-duty gardaí detained him.

In a response to Bus Éireann's promise to boost security staff at the depot, the NBRU said a number of recent incidents had again highlighted how CIÉ services remain "under threat" from anti-social behaviour.

"There are no guarantees that frontline staff will provide a seamless service in the midst of an epidemic of thuggery towards transport staff and commuters," said general secretary Dermot O'Leary in a letter to chief customer officer Allen Parker.

He said the union would continue to monitor all areas in which Bus Éireann operates. "Our members have indicated they will have no compunction in withdrawing services in the event of further incidents," he said.

Irish Independent

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