A Mayo Fianna Fail TD has expressed concern about new proposals from the National Transport Authority to privatise another 10% of Bus Eireann routes from 2021. She’s warning that measures must be put in place to ensure a continuity of service for rural Ireland.
Deputy Chambers says the NTA began privatising Bus Eireann routes a number of years ago and are now proposing to tender a further 10% from 2021. She says it is an extremely premature proposal, especially since no examination of the current arrangement has been undertaken.
Deputy Chambers says she would like to see assurances from the NTA that there will be no downgrading of services in rural areas as a result of the proposal and staff concerns also need to be addressed.
Fianna Fail has brought forward a Bill to prevent further privatisation of bus routes and the legislation allows for a delay in the awarding of any new contracts until a full review of previous tenders has been completed.