Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Robert Troy TD has said that the passengers using public bus services across Dublin must remain central to improving routes in the Capital.

The Deputy was commenting following this morning’s announcement that UK based firm ‘Go-Ahead’ have successfully attained a contract to provide 24 public bus routes across the Capital’s suburbs. These routes were previously operated by Dublin Bus.

Deputy Troy said, “This new operator, which is already one of the largest bus operators in London, will play an integral role in developing and improving the provision of bus services across Dublin city and county.

“The management at Dublin Bus will be undoubtedly disappointed that the company has not been awarded the contract on this occasion but I very much welcome confirmation that the National Transport Authority will retain ownership of both the bus fleet and revenue.

“The contracting model which has been in place between the State and private company ‘Transdev’ to operate the Luas has worked very well in recent years. There is no reason to suggest that a similar type model will not be as successful in providing Dublin city bus services.

“Dublin Bus continues to provide an important service and has managed to increase passenger rates particularly in recent years. As the modern market for public transport services expands and demands for new routes heightens, companies must adapt its structure to cater for passenger’s changing needs.

“A fresh approach to the public bus network will enable Dublin Bus to offer an even better service and provide an opportunity to aggressively improve the efficiency of services in their remaining market,” concluded Deputy Troy.