Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Ceisteanna (648)

John Lahart

Ceist:

648. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on the exceptional public service provided by Dublin Bus; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29710/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

I am pleased to recognise the growth in customer numbers of Dublin Bus during 2018, which increased by almost 3%, despite the impact of two severe weather events in the first half of the year, the impact of the Luas Cross City line and the transition of some PSO routes to a new operator towards the end of the year.  The company has seen several years of passenger growth now, which links closely with the country's strong economy and high levels of employment, and the resulting strengthened demand for travel and public transport.

I understand that the Company has also recorded increased rates of customer satisfaction and continued delivery of cost efficiencies, which are to be particularly welcomed. All this performance reflects very well on the efforts of the Company - staff, management and Board - to deliver bus services for Dublin.