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Bus √Čireann steps-up for Dublin Papal Mass

By The Whisperer

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Bus Éireann has doubled the number of commuter and Expressway services on Sunday (26 August) to carry 30,000 of the 500,000 people expected to visit Dublin City on where Mass will be celebrated by Pope Francis in Phoenix Park.

Another 45,000 patrons are expected to attend Knock, which the Pope will visit on Sunday morning.

An Garda Síochána have urged motorists to use public transport. 

In order to cater for anticipated demand, Bus Éireann will operate a greatly enhanced schedule which will see overall capacity increasing by over 100% this Sunday.

Over 800 trips on both services will provide for over 30,000 passenger journeys to and from Dublin City on the day. All other services in the Greater Dublin Area will operate as normal with diversions and likely delays – along with restricted stops - in some cases.

To facilitate additional demand, a number of special Expressway intercity services will operate to and from Dublin City and Knock.

Availability on these services is limited and with tickets selling quickly, customers are advised to purchase their seat on these services as soon as possible.

Customers who book on these services can enjoy the comfort of being guaranteed a seat while enjoying shortened journey time due to limited stops.