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November 22 2017
By Mel Holley

A former routeone editor, Mel has more than 30 years’ experience in road and rail transport journalism.

Bus Éireann holds Waterford

Ireland’s National Transport Authority has selected Bus Éireann as the preferred bidder for the contract to operate five city bus routes in Waterford City in 2018.

There were five bids from Irish and international companies.

The winning bid will see 17 new low-emission Euro 6 buses, with a motorised front entrance ramp, AV next stop announcements, USB ports and wi-fi, while service levels will increase by 5%.

The bus supplier has not been announced.

Anne Graham Chief Executive Officer of the National Transport Authority said: “This is ultimately about improving bus services for people in Waterford City, and making public transport a more attractive option for members of the travelling public in the city.

“The vehicles are fitted with various technologies that capture and use energy normally lost through braking, making them very fuel efficient.

“Public transport demand and activity has picked up in recent years in line with economic and employment growth, and today’s announcement will give more passengers in Waterford City, a more attractive and sustainable public transport option.

“Bus passenger growth in Waterford in recent years has been relatively modest, and we believe that today’s announcement can make a significant difference in that regard.

“Under this arrangement, there will be an immediate overall increase in service level of about 5%. The most significant change in terms of frequency will be seen on Route 604 (Carrickphierish Rd. – The Quay), where the number of daily services is to increase from 15 to 21.

“But during the course of the contract, as more people avail of their local bus service, it would be our intention to further increase frequency and improve service levels across the board."

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