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Bus Éireann Services

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 22 November 2017

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Ceisteanna (56, 62, 84, 90, 94)

Bríd Smith

Ceist:

56. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the reason for service cancellations in Bus Éireann is the inoperable rosters forced on persons in the aftermath of the strike; and his views on the continued service reductions and the impact of same on passengers. [49279/17]

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Bríd Smith

Ceist:

62. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the numerous service cancellations recently affecting Bus Éireann services are the responsibility of the National Transport Authority, NTA, or of Bus Éireann management; his views on whether the recently concluded productivity deal supported by him and the NTA has played a part in those service disruptions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49278/17]

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Robert Troy

Ceist:

84. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the implementation of the Labour Court's recommendations regarding the restructuring of Bus Éireann in view of the ongoing unrest and possibility of disruptions to services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49429/17]

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Mick Barry

Ceist:

90. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position regrading the implementation of the new rosters in Bus Éireann and his engagement with the trade unions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49425/17]

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Shane Cassells

Ceist:

94. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will liaise with Bus Éireann management regarding the ongoing disruption to bus services on the M3 corridor routes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49220/17]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 56, 62, 84, 90 and 94 together.

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport 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.

As the Deputies will be aware, in April last, following a 3 week strike, the Labour Court made a Recommendation in relation to Bus Éireann. This was accepted by both the Company and the trade unions and implementation of the Recommendation is underway in the company.

While a number of services were impacted in the early stages of the changes in rosters, Bus Éireann have advised that is continuing to implement measures to further improve service levels, and that recently there have only been a very small number of cancellations.

Regular updates have been issued from the company with regards to the delays and cancellations and additional measures have been introduced by the company to regularise operations and minimise impacts.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) which has responsibility for ensuring delivery of bus services is aware that Bus Éireann has been experiencing operational issues in the eastern region recently and it is a matter for the Company to resolve those issues. The NTA is closely monitoring developments and has reminded Bus Éireann of its performance obligations under its contract with the NTA including the importance of providing relevant and timely information to customers. The NTA has indicated that it will give consideration in due course to the appropriate course of action under that contract.

The implementation of the Labour Court Recommendation continues to be a matter for the Company and the trade unions, and operational difficulties can be resolved through constructive and realistic engagement on both sides.

Question No. 57 answered with Question No. 54.
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