On the Buses - Go Ahead get the Green Light from SDCC for Depot in Walkinstown - cui bono?
Sometimes you don't know whether to laugh
- or cry...
From next November UK Transport Group will be operating a fleet of Our Buses out of the Ballymount rd Walkinstown
- a most unsuitable location BTW as from my days working around there the whole area is a traffic Blackspot
- and that was 2 Booms ago!
Anyway can anyone see what gain there is to fare paying passengers to handing over 10% of routes to a Private Bus Company with a patchy record of service it would seem in other places they operate ?
Even if they were efficient it is hard to see what gain there would be as I know from around Blanch - where a number of routes they will be taking over - that they probably are as efficient as they are ever going to get
The State will still own the Buses BTW and set fares routes and timetables
- but is anyone so naïve that that will last...?
Plans for a major new bus depot near Walkinstown in Dublin that will be used by UK firm Go-Ahead to operate bus routes on the outskirts of the capital have been given the all-clear by South Dublin County Council.
The depot, located at a former DHL distribution hub to the west of the city, will be used to house about 98 vehicles from the 125-strong bus fleet that will be operated by Go-Ahead. Last year, the firm won a contract to operate about 10pc of Dublin Bus routes in the outer metropolitan area.
Go-Ahead plans to start operating the 24 routes next November. It will be using a fleet of 40 single-decker buses and 85 double-deckers. It will employ 350 drivers and 90 office and maintenance staff.