Saturday 17 March 2018

They missed the bus over productivity

Bus Eireann may shortly become extinct. How did that happen - and will they be missed, asks Sean Barrett
Bus Éireann buses outside Busáras (stock photo)
Bus Éireann buses outside Busáras (stock photo)

Tomorrow's Bus Eireann board meeting will hear the company is facing losses that are up more than 40pc on last year. The company may run out of money in May or June. It may shortly become extinct. The tactic of impugning competitors has diverted valuable energies from reform of Bus Eireann.

Bus Eireann's problem is low productivity. As the table shows, it has 5.5 staff per bus in its fleet. This compares with 3.7 at Dublin Bus and 1.8 at the member companies of the Coach Tourism and Transport Council, the representative body of many independent bus operators.

The message is stark. Bus Eireann has almost 50pc more staff per bus than Dublin Bus and 3.1 times more staff than its private sector competitors.

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