Written answers

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Bus Services

Photo of Aindrias MoynihanAindrias Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail)
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88. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the measures he is taking to ensure revised fare structures are considered on Expressway services operating in the Cork region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13252/24]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport; however, I am not involved in the day-to-day operations of public transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has responsibility for the regulation of fares charged to passengers in respect of public transport services provided under public service obligation (PSO) contracts.

However, the NTA does not have a role in the setting of fares for services provided by commercial operators, including Bus Éireann Expressway. That is a matter for the individual commercial operators themselves.

In light of the above, I have forwarded the Deputy's specific question in relation to fares for an Expressway route to Bus Éireann, for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.


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