A number of Bus Éireann services have experienced disruption today.
Participants were encouraged to check Bus Éireann’s website and Twitter account for the latest updates.
Most of the service disruptions have occurred in Sligo’s north west city service today.
The company reported “minor disruptions” in Waterford, where W4 city services operated at reduced frequency for three and a half hours in the morning between 9am and 12.30pm. It said the W5 city service would operate at a reduced frequency for two hours in the afternoon between 2:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.
“On our interregional expressway services, approximately 97 percent of trips are on schedule. The cancellations are spread across the network, with one return trip canceled each between Wexford/Dublin, New Ross/Dublin, Tralee/Waterford and a single trip from Dublin to Ballina. In most cases, alternative service will be available within two hours of the affected flight departing.”
In a statement issued to Independent.ie, the company said it “regrettably” informed customers today of some service disruptions.
The only route affected in County Galway today is a return journey between Castlebar and Headford, it said.
“We estimate that 98.6 percent of our planned trips are carried out today,” the statement said.
“In most cases, advance notice of cancellations the day before is available. People who have pre-booked their Expressway tickets will also be notified via direct email, which is usually sent to them well in advance of travel, allowing them to make alternative arrangements and transfer to other services that are on either side of their scheduled departure We strongly recommend our customers to pre-book at expressway.ie to benefit from a guaranteed seat and priority boarding.
“Typically, service issues arise from a number of factors, depending on the location. This can include challenges in driver recruitment, often short-term unavailability of drivers and, more recently, difficulties in hiring contractors to support services. This has a greater effect on comparatively smaller depots.
“Bus Éireann is actively recruiting drivers across the country and has started training in Cork and Limerick B-licensed drivers to obtain their D-license.
“Where unfortunately it is necessary to cancel a service, we will manage this to minimize the impact on customers, for example by temporarily reducing frequency on higher frequency routes and striving to ensure that the last Service of the day works.”
More than 3,250 rides will be in operation nationwide today.
Full details can be found in the service update section of the buseireann.ie website by region.
https://www.independent.ie/news/bus-eireann-services-disrupted-on-some-routes-today-41863453.html Bus service from Éireann is suspended on some routes today