Written Answers - School Transport.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 707 No. 3

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  417.  Deputy Fergus O’Dowd  Information on Fergus O'Dowd  Zoom on Fergus O'Dowd   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Science  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   the number of CIE school buses in operation annually in the past five years; the cost of operating this service annually for the past five years; the hours of operation daily of the CIE school buses; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17038/10]

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Science (Deputy Seán Haughey): Information on Seán Haughey  Zoom on Seán Haughey  Bus Éireann is responsible for the day to day operation of school transport services throughout the [608]country. This is a complex national operation supporting in the region of 65,000 post primary pupils, 52,000 primary and 8,000 special needs pupils.

The number of Bus Éireann vehicles operating within the School Transport Scheme varies throughout the course of a school year. The following list shows the number of Bus Éireann vehicles that operated daily during the month of October for each year:

Year School
2005 539
2006 530
2007 541
2008 520
2009 508

The cost of providing school transport services, using a mix of almost 4,000 Bus Éireann and private contractor vehicles each school day over the last five years, is:

Year € million
2005 106
2006 126
2007 146
2008 162
2009 159 (est.)

The planning, routing and timetabling of school transport services is an operational matter for Bus Éireann and routes are coordinated to ensure that buses are fully utilised in an efficient and cost effective manner. In this regard, Bus Éireann vehicles operate for a period of about 4/5 hours daily providing transport services to both primary and post primary pupils.

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