Ms Anne Graham
Chief Executive Officer
National Transport Authority
Dún Scéine
Harcourt Lane
Dublin 2
D02 WT20
22nd February 2017
Re: Bus Éireann Expressway Crisis

Dear Ms Graham,

I refer to the above issue and your comments at the Joint Oireachtas Committee this morning about concern that Bus Éireann could go out of business and the effect this would have on bus services, as reported through various media outlets.

You will be acutely aware that the NBRU, along with Trade Union colleagues, have been calling for a Multi-stakeholder involvement in working towards a resolution to this crisis.

You will be further aware that we have been critical of the role of the NTA in relation to the issuing of certain licences, particularly those which have drawn in new operators to the Motorway network, resulting in a negative impact on Bus Éireann’s financial situation.

Having listened to your comments this morning, and the concerns you expressed in relation to the effect to the public transport system that the Bus Éireann crisis may have, I feel it would at this juncture, and perhaps in advance of a damaging dispute, be prudent to request that the NTA would respond positively to a request, should one emanate, to assist in a facilitated process towards finding a resolution to the crisis.

The Unions are already on record as saying that we will play our part and engage in discussions on efficiencies with Bus Éireann, in order that we might develop some building blocks towards an overall solution to this crisis.

I trust that you, on behalf of the Authority, and in deference to those hundreds of thousands of commuters that rely on Bus Éireann will give serious weight to the merits of the Transport Authority/Regulator using

Ms Anne Graham
Chief Executive Officer
National Transport Authority
Dún Scéine
Harcourt Lane
Dublin 2
D02 WT20
22nd February 2017
Re: Bus Éireann Expressway Crisis

Dear Ms Graham,

I refer to the above issue and your comments at the Joint Oireachtas Committee this morning about concern that Bus Éireann could go out of business and the effect this would have on bus services, as reported through various media outlets.

You will be acutely aware that the NBRU, along with Trade Union colleagues, have been calling for a Multi-stakeholder involvement in working towards a resolution to this crisis.

You will be further aware that we have been critical of the role of the NTA in relation to the issuing of certain licences, particularly those which have drawn in new operators to the Motorway network, resulting in a negative impact on Bus Éireann’s financial situation.

Having listened to your comments this morning, and the concerns you expressed in relation to the effect to the public transport system that the Bus Éireann crisis may have, I feel it would at this juncture, and perhaps in advance of a damaging dispute, be prudent to request that the NTA would respond positively to a request, should one emanate, to assist in a facilitated process towards finding a resolution to the crisis.

The Unions are already on record as saying that we will play our part and engage in discussions on efficiencies with Bus Éireann, in order that we might develop some building blocks towards an overall solution to this crisis.

I trust that you, on behalf of the Authority, and in deference to those hundreds of thousands of commuters that rely on Bus Éireann will give serious weight to the merits of the Transport Authority/Regulator using its good offices to assist towards a resolution.

Yours Sincerely

_____________
Dermot O’Leary
General Secretary
National Bus and Rail union

Copy/ Ms Onagah Buckley CEO Workplace Relations Commission

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.