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Bus Éireann
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depot in July 2008
ParentCóras Iompair Éireann
Founded2 February 1987; 33 years ago (1987-02-02)
HeadquartersBroadstone, Dublin
Service areaIreland
Service typeBus & coach services
AllianceUlsterbus
Fleet1,200 (January 2018)
Fuel typeDiesel
NGV (Trial)
Chief executiveStephen Kent
WebsiteBusÉireann.ie Expressway

Bus Éireann (Irish pronunciation: [ˈbˠɔsˠ ˈeːɾʲən̪ˠ], Irish Bus) is a bus and coach operator providing services throughout the Republic of Ireland with the exception of Dublin Region bus services, which are provided by sister company Dublin Bus. It is a subsidiary of Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ). The company's primary hub is Busáras – Central Bus Station, located in Store Street, Central Dublin.

History

Bus Éireann was established in February 1987 when it was split out from Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ).[1] The logo of Bus Éireann incorporates a red Irish Setter, a breed of dog which originated in Ireland.

During 2016, it was reported that Bus Éireann amassed losses of around €6 million and that these losses were set to rise throughout 2017. As a result, Shane Ross, TD, the Republic of Ireland's Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, mentioned the company "faces insolvency within 18 months".[2] Bus Éireann concluded an all out strike on Thursday 13 April that lasted since Friday 24 March 2017.[3]

Services

Bus Éireann's main services in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland in association with Ulsterbus include: expressway (intercity), commuter, local and school services. Additional services within Ireland include city services in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford and town services in Athlone, Balbriggan, Drogheda, Dundalk, Navan and Sligo.

Bus Éireann operates international services to Great Britain and Europe, that are also provided via the ports at Dublin and Rosslare Europort. Cities served include London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds. These are operated under the Eurolines brand.

Expressway

‘Expressway’ is a division of Bus Éireann that provides intercity services throughout the country serving most of the main airports and cities in Ireland.

It is a commercial part of the company, which unlike the local and city services, does not receive government funding to operate.

Service expansion

Bus Éireann has had a few fatal incidents in recent years, with those involving school buses being particularly scrutinised. After the death of five schoolgirls in a fatal accident in County Meath in 2005 involving a DAF MB230/Van Hool (ex front line expressway) school bus. All school buses are fitted with seatbelts from 31 October 2011.[8]

Some non-fatal incidents have also been quite serious, for example, an off-duty bus plunging into the River Liffey in Dublin, after a collision with another vehicle.

The company has also posted notices to encourage orderly queuing at bus stops after a series of incidents where pedestrians on the footpath were struck on the head by the wing mirrors of city buses.

Sligo, Waterford and Letterkenny.

Bus Éireann has had a few fatal incidents in recent years, with those involving school buses being particularly scrutinised. After the death of five schoolgirls in a fatal accident in County Meath in 2005 involving a DAF MB230/Van Hool (ex front line expressway) school bus. All school buses are fitted with seatbelts from 31 October 2011.[8]

Some non-fatal incidents have also been quite serious, for example, an off-duty bus plunging into the River Liffey in Dublin, after a collision with another vehicle.

The company has also posted notices to encourage orderly queuing at bus

Some non-fatal incidents have also been quite serious, for example, an off-duty bus plunging into the River Liffey in Dublin, after a collision with another vehicle.

The company has also posted notices to encourage orderly queuing at bus stops after a series of incidents where pedestrians on the footpath were struck on the head by the wing mirrors of city buses.

Bus Éireann introduced the first NGV on 17 July 2012 in Cork. It operated on the 216 (Cork University Hospital - Cork City Centre - Mount Oval) route until mid-August 2012 on a trial that was undertaken in partnership with Ervia. The Eco-city bus was made by MAN.[9]

Fleet

As of January 2018, the fleet consists of 1,200 buses and coaches.[10] The company mainly uses buses built by firms such as Scania, VDL Berkhof and Volvo. Bus Éireann's fleet have been substantially invested in as part of the National Development Plan. The vast majority of the operating fleet for expressway, commuter, and local services are now five years old or less.[citation needed]

Bus Scoile

Bus Scoile logo
Bus Éireann operates the School Transport Scheme on behalf of the Department of Education and Science. County Meath VEC assist Bus Éireann in administrating the service in County Meath to all second-level schools.[11] Bus Éireann is responsible for planning routes, employing bus drivers, collecting fares and ensuring compliance with safety regulations and insurance.

The 'Schools' services were until recently operated by cascaded second-hand ex-frontline vehicles. Due to recent regulations regarding seatbelts, all dated and unsuited vehicles were withdrawn replaced with second-hand vehicles (mainly from UK). Since 2006 Bus Éireann has been purchasing brand new buses from BMC in Turkey. A roll out of BMC 1100FE started between 2006–2008.

A number of the routes are outsourced to local bus companies such as Dunshaughlin Coach Hire, Jerry Ryan, O'Rourkes, Bernard Kavanaghs, Bartons, and James Mullally Coach Hire.

Longford bus station has some ex-Dublin Bus school vehicles that are used on Bus Éireann services.

References

  1. ^ Córas Iompair Éireann Steve Johnson's Railway Pages
  2. ^ The 'Schools' services were until recently operated by cascaded second-hand ex-frontline vehicles. Due to recent regulations regarding seatbelts, all dated and unsuited vehicles were withdrawn replaced with second-hand vehicles (mainly from UK). Since 2006 Bus Éireann has been purchasing brand new buses from BMC in Turkey. A roll out of BMC 1100FE started between 2006–2008.

    A number of the routes are outsourced to local bus companies such as Dunshaughlin Coach Hire, Jerry Ryan, O'Rourkes, Bernard Kavanaghs, Bartons, and James Mullally Coach Hire.

    Longford bus station has some ex-Dublin Bus school vehicles that are used on Bus Éireann services.