Bus Éireann wins rights to run five bus routes in Waterford
Bus Éireann has won the National Transport Authority tender to operate five Waterford city bus routes where it is already running the services.
The routes were put out to tender as part of a National Transport Initiative to open the market to private operators and reduce the virtual monopoly previously held by Bus Eireann. The process saw five bids from Irish and international companies. The NTA will formally send Bus Éireann a detailed letter of intent for the bid in the coming weeks.
National Transport Authority Chief Executive Anne Graham said that Bus Eireann had outperformed four private sector bidders, in a competition where 650 points were allocated for price factors, and 350 points for technical and quality criteria.
The contract will run for five years with an option to extend for a further two years.
The NTA will formally send Bus Éireann a detailed letter of intent for the bid in the coming weeks.
Under this arrangement, there will be an immediate increase in services by about 5% for the 601, 602, 603, 604 and 605 routes.
A fleet of 17 new buses – powered by Euro VI engines – are being purchased for the new services. The state-of-the-art buses with lower carbon emissions, WiFi and other facilities will operate the routes. They will also be equipped with audio stop announcements and visual display of the name of the next stop, as well as wheelchair space and a buggy space, plus a motorised ramp at the entrance door to allow wheelchairs to board easily.
The unsuccessful underbidders were Transdev, the Go Ahead group, Urbus, and Matthews Coach Hire.
Bus Éireann described the outcome as a very proud achievement for the company and its staff. The announcement was welcomed by the two main bus unions, SIPTU and the NBRU.