Go-Ahead awarded Outer Dublin Metropolitan Area bus contract

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Go-Ahead is well-known for its London bus operation. ADL Enviro400 MMC hybrid EH65 is seen at Elephant & Castle while working on the route 36. KRIS LAKE

The Go-Ahead Group has been awarded a five-year contract to operate bus services in the Outer Dublin area by by Ireland’s National Transport Authority (NTA) – it was announced today (Thursday, August 10) .

The contract, which is the first open tender process run by the NTA, comprises 24 routes, 125 buses and around 350 drivers.

Similar to the structure of Go-Ahead’s bus contracts in London and Singapore, the contract will run from late 2018, with a possible two-year extension.

Go-Ahead Chief Executive, David Brown, said: “We are pleased to have the opportunity to work in partnership with the NTA to deliver a vital service to people living and working in and around Dublin.

“Ireland’s economic growth and planned public transport investments offer an exciting opportunity for us as we execute our strategy of targeted expansion into new markets.

“Drawing on expertise in employee engagement and customer experience gained in cities like London and Singapore, we will provide a service that links communities and takes care of people’s journeys.”

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