Bus Éireann says changes are urgently needed to address financial situation

The NTA said "no rural communities will be left behind"

Bus Éireann says changes are urgently needed to address financial situation

Bus Eireann coaches parked in Phibsboro Bus Depot. Image: Niall Carson PA Archive/PA Images

Bus Éireann have confirmed that Expressway will remain part of the company’s business.  However changes are urgently required to address the company’s adverse financial situation.

Earlier today trade unions accused Bus Éireann of trying to condition staff into accepting cuts to their terms and conditions with information appearing in the media before talks can take place.

Reports earlier this week indicated the company had signed off on a new survival plan which could include route cuts, job losses and lower pay for new recruits.

The new plan is said to also include a ban on recruitment and prohibitions on chartering buses from outside the company.

The company has since issued a statement this evening saying the National Transport Authority have advised "no rural communities will be left behind".

Bus Éireann said in a statement "We are making all efforts to ensure that no passengers are discommoded as we introduce vital cost savings and necessary efficiencies.

"We are committed to working with the NTA to ensure that alternative arrangements will be put in place on any routes that may be affected by Bus Éireann’s future plans."

General Secretary of the NBRU Dermot O'Leary, has this message for the management of Bus Éireann.