Cllr Holland Slams Stealth Privatisation of Bus Routes
Following a presentation from Dublin Bus to South Dublin County Councils’ Rathfarnham area committee, Cllr Sarah Holland has slammed what she calls the “stealth privatisation of our bus services”.
Dublin Bus outlined that they had to tender for the 75 route among others, and that private operators had also submitted tenders.
Cllr Holland said
“We have already seen a private operator being awarded a route from Clondalkin to UCD by the NTA. This smacks of a programme of privatisation by stealth from our current Government. We need to keep our transport services in public hands.
“I use the 75 daily to get to the council, and were it to fall into the hands of a private operator who decided to shelve it due to low profit margins, I and many others would be stuck for access to Tallaght, including the Square and IT Tallaght.
“Dublin Bus are an institution. They employ 274 drivers across Rathfarnham, Terenure, Templeogue and South Tallaght with 11 routes through the area carrying 100s of passengers daily.
“The NTA need to realise that some of our bus routes will have lighter use than others, and should not be expected to be profitable. Rather they are providing connectivity and social benefits for our citizens, particularly those who can’t afford to run cars such as students or pensioners.
“I would ask the Minister to give an assurance to Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann that public transport will be kept in public hands.”