Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport

Revised National Development Plan: Discussion

Photo of Ruairi Ó MurchúRuairi Ó Murchú (Louth, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

I want to ask about determining new routes and ensuring there is sufficient capacity and enough runs to make it viable for a person to use the service. The example that always comes to mind is how Bus Éireann lost out years ago with the Dundalk to Dublin service. It did not put on enough direct routes. When the M1 was properly upgraded and was a single run, Matthews Coaches basically arrived on the scene and produced a brilliant connection for commuters, which made working in Dublin much more viable for a lot more people. I would like to think that the State infrastructure can move faster at this point, but when we are looking at putting new services on we should be able to provide sufficient capacity to make it worthwhile. I accept that in the initial period it has to be built up to a point where it delivers from a business point of view.


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