State bus firms in line to win contracts
State transport companies Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann have been shortlisted to retain publicly funded routes being put out to tender.
The companies, which currently operate the services in Dublin, Waterford and Kildare, are among a number of firms shortlisted by the National Transport Authority (NTA) to win the contracts which will be announced in April.
The move comes after the NTA decided to tender 10pc of all so-called subvented routes to the market in an attempt to secure competition in the market and better value for money, with savings between 5pc and 10pc expected.
The NTA plans to tender eight orbital and 15 local routes in Dublin, but it is not clear if they will be awarded as one contract.
Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann confirmed they had been shortlisted to operate routes.