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Monday, 20th March 2023

Nash “bitterly disappointed” at delay to enhanced 101 bus route

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Deputy Ged Nash.

Labour TD Ged Nash says he is “bitterly disappointed” with further delays to the introduction of an enhanced service on the popular 101 and 101X bus routes from Drogheda to Dublin Airport.

Deputy Nash recently pressed the National Transport Authority (NTA) on the issue and was assured by them late last year that the service would recommence in the first quarter of this year.

In February, the NTA informed him that that it intended to commence the service on April 2 of this year, depending on Bus Eireann fulfilling what they called the “contractually conditions precedent and mobilisation tasks necessary” to commence the service.

“This week, I was bitterly disappointed to be informed by the NTA that following consultation with Bus Eireann it will now be unable to provide the service until May seventh” Nash said.

“Drogheda commuters should already be using this long-promised enhanced 101 service that was to run every half hour and on a 24/7 basis.

“News that there will be now a further delay and commuters are to be left waiting another two months while the NTA and Bus Eireann agree the new contract, is intolerable.

“The NTA and Bus Eireann have had long enough to sort this contract out. They need to get moving on providing the service they both promised to provide to Drogheda commuters and get these buses out on the road.”

The 101 route was one of two routes put out to tender by the NTA in 2021 and subsequently, Bus Eireann was chosen as the preferred bidder for the contract.

The 101 provides connectivity between Drogheda and Dublin City Centre, serving Balbriggan, Dublin Airport, N1 Business Park and Busaras.

Under the new contract, the 101 will operate on a 24/7 basis, running every 30 minutes, Monday to Saturday, and every 20 minutes at peak. There will continue to be an hourly service on Sundays.

This represents an increase in services of 6.4% compared to the current timetable. The existing 101X service will remain largely unchanged, with the exception of some timetable tweaks.

Deputy Nash says he will continue to put pressure on the NTA and Bus Eireann to deliver the service without any further delay.

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