September 24, 2020
Business News

Bus warning: Waterford commuters urged not to travel at peak times over bank holiday weekend

Waterford commuters have been urged to avoid travelling by bus at peak times over the bank holiday weekend.

The warning was made by Bus Éireann, who admitted “currently some services are unable to satisfy passenger demand”.

The bus operator said the Dublin and Waterford to Cork Expressway routes are among those experiencing “greatest pressure” at peak times.

Bus Éireann Chief Commercial Officer Eleanor Farrell said: “While only seven per cent of our services overall have demand that exceeds capacity, the issue is more acute on certain routes.

“We recognise that the fact that it is a small minority of services that are oversubscribed is not much consolation for customers needing to access those routes.

“We regret the inconvenience being caused to some passengers and the challenge for our colleagues who are doing their very best to manage this situation.”

Bus Éireann stressed it “fully adheres” to public health guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19, including limiting the capacity on buses and coaches to 50%.

This means their Expressway routes has just 8,000 seats available daily, compared to 16,000 before the pandemic restrictions.

Most commercial operators have not yet returned to the road, heaping more pressure on Bus Éireann.

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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