Go Ahead 💤

…AWOL in this instance. Private bus operator ‘Go-Ahead’ who run some routes in Dublin and who the NTA has decided not to fine despite complaints about:
…punctuality and buses failing to turn up.
Pensioners and children trying to the get to school were particularly affected [Richard Boyd Barrett] said. The most complained about routes, he added, were the number 59 from Dún Laoghaire to Killiney, the 63 from Dún Laoghaire to Kilternan and the 111 from Dalkey to Brides Glen.
The reason for the problems, according to Go-Ahead?
[it] attributed problems meeting its targets to “higher than expected driver resignations”.
Given this is a completely avoidable problem, since there was no pressing reason to open up these routes to private operators, it really is absurd. And as RBB notes, this is a service for which the operator is paid £125m over five years.

I know of a lad that drove for them initially and then almost immediately resigned as Dublin Bus were going on a recruitment drive (pardon the pun).

That’s Fine Gael for you.

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Every single bus operator is fined. Both of the semi states receive significant monthly fines for lack of punctuality.