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    New operator for 10% of Dublin Bus routes to be announced 10 August 2017

    Yes folks the first small steps in the privatisation of Dublin Bus begin tomorrow when the successful tenders for various ancillary DB routes on the periphery of the Capital are to be announced

    This will have serious implications for Dublin West commuters incl myself

    New operator for 10% of Dublin Bus routes to be announced

    Results of a tendering competition for 10% of Dublin Bus routes are due to be announced by the National Transport Authority tomorrow.

    Dublin Bus itself is believed to have applied for the franchise, as well as Luas operator Transdev and a number of British bus companies.

    The 23 routes are all serving outer suburbs of the greater Dublin area and none go into the city centre.
    https://www.rte.ie/news/dublin/2017/...in-bus-routes/

    The routes in question are:

    17 Rialto to Blackrock

    17a Blanchardstown Centre to Kilbarrack

    18 Palmerstown(Old Lucan Road)to Sandymount

    33a Swords to Balbriggan

    33b Swords to Portrane

    45a Dún Laoghaire (Rail Station)to Ballywaltrim

    59 Dún Laoghaire to Mackintosh Park

    63 Dún Laoghaire to Kilternan

    75 The Square Tallaght to Dún Laoghaire

    76 Chapelizod to Tallaght (The Square)

    76a Blanchardstown Centre to Tallaght (The Square)

    102 Sutton station to Dublin Airport

    04 Clontarf Road (Conquer Hill) to Santry (Shanard Road)

    111 Loughlinstown Park to Dún Laoghaire

    114 Ticknock to Blackrock Station

    161 Dundrum Luas Station to Rockbrook

    184 Bray Rail station to Newtownmountkennedy

    185 Bray Railstation to Shop River (Enniskerry)

    220 Ballymun (Shangan Road) to Lady's Well Road

    236 Blanchardstown Centre to Damastown

    238 Tyrrelstown to Lady's Well Road

    239 Blanchardstown Centre to Liffey Valley Shopping Centre

    270 Blanchardstown Centre to Dunboyne

    I know our current Taoiseach is all for this and indeed helped lay the groundwork for it when he was Minister of Transport

    I would expect though that Ruth Coppinger will be breathing Fire & Fury tomorrow afternoon at Dear Leader over it!

    TBH she will be right

    These are basically very much 'social service' routes

    - it is unlikely they make much if any cash profit as they are currently run

    If a Private Company runs they will have to either have to substantially cut survives or put in a considerable price hike (if not both) to make them profitable

    Profit Before People....

    So I hope 'People before Profit' come out spitting Blood on this 1.....
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    There won't be any hike in fares AFAIK. It will operate on the exact same basis - they just tender to operate the route and meet the performance standards.
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    I am an ardent critic of most state services , to be blunt I think they are generally between shyte and abysmal ....but i happen to think DB drivers do an excellent job. Management (as always in the state sector) couldn't organise a proverbial piss up ....but the drivers do a good job IMHO


    suppose this was inevitable though , especially after the last strike ....monopolies are too powerful , the days of 1 sector holding an entire city to ransom are over

    Ho Hum
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    Quote Originally Posted by gijoe View Post
    There won't be any hike in fares AFAIK. It will operate on the exact same basis - they just tender to operate the route and meet the performance standards.
    Why would they bother?

    Most of these routes just don't have enough bums on seats to turn a profit
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    Quote Originally Posted by brughahaha View Post
    I am an ardent critic of most state services , to be blunt I think they are generally between shyte and abysmal ....but i happen to think DB drivers do an excellent job. Management (as always in the state sector) couldn't organise a proverbial piss up ....but the drivers do a good job IMHO


    suppose this was inevitable though , especially after the last strike ....monopolies are too powerful , the days of 1 sector holding an entire city to ransom are over

    Ho Hum
    Finally at last after years of - OMG I'm getting Flashbacks - now run a pretty decent service

    Old US Proverb - If it aint broke - don't fix it....
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    Quote Originally Posted by gijoe View Post
    There won't be any hike in fares AFAIK. It will operate on the exact same basis - they just tender to operate the route and meet the performance standards.
    So why bother?
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    100% of all DB routes should be put out to tender. The private companies would run the services in a more financially efficient manner.
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    I'm surprised the 46A hasn't been put out to tender.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_SR View Post
    So why bother?

    Because they have to, by eu law (I think).

    But they're not going to contract out any worthwhile routes. The bearded brethren have to be appeased.
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    Quote Originally Posted by devoutcapitalist View Post
    100% of all DB routes should be put out to tender. The private companies would run the services in a more financially efficient manner.
    Like the trains in England or eircom?
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