Go-Ahead awarded Dublin Commuter Routes

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Ireland’s National Transport Authority (NTA) has named Go-Ahead Group as the preferred bidder for a commuter bus tender in Dublin.

The contract connects the capital to key commuter towns in Offaly, Laois, Kildare and Meath, bringing Go-Ahead’s total number of Dublin-based routes to 30.

Following the NTA’s decision to open the Public Service Obligation (PSO) buses to the private sector, this is the second contract acquired by the transport operator.

Beginning in early 2019, the contract will run for five years with a possible two-year extension, taking over from Bus Eireann.

David Brown, Chief Executive of Go-Ahead, said: “Winning a second Ireland contract within a year is a significant achievement for Go-Ahead, and we look forward to building on our partnership with the NTA to deliver investment in Ireland’s passenger transport infrastructure.

“We understand the importance of buses to these commuter towns and we will strive to deliver the best possible service to the customers, to make sure that every journey is taken care of.

“This is a further step in line with our strategy of expanding the Go-Ahead model internationally, building on our presence in Germany and Singapore.”