Tuesday, 18 October 2005
Dáil Eireann Debate
555. Ms C. Murphy asked the Minister for Transport the number of buses his Department estimates is required to make up an effective bus fleet to service the greater Dublin area; when the existing fleet was last increased through the introduction of new buses to Dublin Bus or new licences to private operators; the extent of this increase; if there are future plans to increase Dublin’s bus fleet; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28753/05]
Minister for Transport (Mr. Cullen): There are currently 1,062 buses in the Dublin Bus fleet. The capacity of the fleet has increased by more than 25% at peak time under the NDP through the replacement of mini and single deck buses with higher capacity double deck buses.
Dublin Bus is currently carrying out a review of the bus network in Dublin and future bus needs. I consider this appropriate given the significant changes in the greater Dublin area since 1999 when the NDP was drawn up. Such changes include increases in rail capacity arising from the introduction of the Luas, expanded commuter services, the DART upgrade and ongoing demographic changes. The company is, in the first instance, assessing how to maximise the utilisation of its existing bus fleet. The company has informed me that it expects the bus network review to be completed early next year.
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