Wednesday 17 July 2019

Bus strike: Irish Rail works and taxi fare increases to add to transport chaos this weekend

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Taxi fares are set to increase by an average of 4pc from Thursday, a day before the 48 hour bus strike begins this weekend.

The fare hike will come as a blow to tens of thousands of commuters who are already searching for alternative transport over the two days, particularly on Friday, a regular working day.

Drivers at Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann have planned to take four days of strike action in May in a row over the privatisation of routes.

The first of this industrial action is scheduled to take place this Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, the start of the bank holiday weekend.

A number of private bus services will be putting on extra services to cope with additional demand.

However, many commuters who do not have the option to walk, cycle, or live on an appropriate Dart or private coach route have planned to get a taxi to their destination. 

Read more: Bus strike: AA warns commuters to 'plan ahead' for 'difficult day' on Friday

While the standard taxi charge (between 8am and 8pm, Monday to Friday) will drop from €4.10 to €3.60, this will now be set at €4 for premium periods (between 8pm and 8am) and on Sundays and bank holidays.

In addition, the charge per km travelled will increase from €1.03 to €1.10 (€1.40 at premium times) and from €1.45 to €1.75 for journeys over 15km. 

Booking fees and charges for additional carried passengers will remain the same.

To add to the weekend public transport commotion, Irish Rail will be carrying out line improvement works on Saturday and Sunday.

The national train service has advised customers travelling from Dublin's Heuston Station to re-check their departure times before travelling.

Taxi fares are formally reviewed every two years but the latest hike is less than half that following the 2008 review which resulted in a 8.9pc rise in prices. 

With the new fare review, the special rate on Christmas and New Year's Day will not apply but passengers will be charged an additional 25pc on their fare.

The second two-day bus strike is due to take place in two weeks time, on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16.

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