Go-Ahead Ireland took over a tranche of coach routes between Kildare and Dublin on Sunday 1 December.
The group’s entry into the Irish market came after it was opened for tender in line with government policy and legislation.
Go-Ahead Ireland already operated 10% of the Dublin bus network and it has produced “positive trends in reliability, punctuality and customer service.” That is according to CEO of the National Transport Authority (NTA) Anne Graham.
It will operate the coach routes with a mix of existing VDL Futura FDD2 double-deckers and new Volvo Sunsundegui single-deckers.
Says MD Ed Wills: “In July we opened our Kildare depot. Over the last number of months we have been working hard alongside the NTA in preparation for the launch.”
The Kildare routes represent the first of a two-phase commuter route tender. They will be followed by other services along the N4 corridor on 19 January 2020.