Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (266)

Finian McGrath

Question:

347 Mr. F. McGrath asked the Minister for Transport if Dublin Bus was warned that the No. 66 bus stop was dangerous a few weeks before the tragic accident of 21 February 2004; if victims’ families will receive the maximum support, advice and assistance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6545/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

Dublin Bus had received a small number of complaints relating to the No. 66 bus stop at Wellington Quay. These complaints mainly related to the night-time environment in proximity to Temple Bar, public lighting, bus shelters, vehicle noise and the pedestrian environment. Since this terminus was relocated to Wellington Quay there have been no reported incidents of personal injury associated with the location of this terminus.

Dublin Bus has made available a team of counsellors, expert in dealing with bereavement and trauma, to help all those involved in the recent accident and also the drivers concerned. The company has also stated that it will cover the medical expenses of those involved in the accident and deal with all other matters arising in a caring and urgent manner. The company assures me it is doing its best to deal with the matter in a compassionate and professional manner.