Written answers

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Bus Services

Photo of Aengus Ó SnodaighAengus Ó Snodaigh (Dublin South Central, Sinn Fein)
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106. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport is he aware of problems associated with the roll-out of the BusConnects programme which has resulted in a disconnect between the service now offered and that which bus passengers used in the past in the Crumlin area of Dublin; and if he is further aware of the need for a quicker engagement with communities affected to make logical adjustments to routes to cater for those affected. [13271/24]

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 statutory responsibility for securing the provision of public passenger transport services nationally, and for decisions in relation to these services in conjunction with the relevant transport operators.

I am aware that there have been some issues with roll-out of the BusConnects programme, which were exasperated by the ongoing challenges the public transport sector is facing in the recruitment of both mechanics and drivers. However, I am advised by the operators that due to the extensive driver recruitment campaigns undertaken by the operators, this is becoming less of an issue.

I also want to assure the Deputy that the NTA is working closely with operators to address any service or connectivity issues arising from the roll-out of BusConnects. I understand that the NTA undertakes extensive public engagement prior to the introduction of any service changes.

In light of the NTA’s responsibility in this area, I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days


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