Saturday 22 October 2016

Leap cards can help on strike day


Dublin Bus
Dublin Bus

You couldn't make it up. The planned two-hour bus strike in Dublin takes place next Friday week, May 1 - a bank holiday weekend, the kick off to the summer tourist season and, ironically, International Workers' Day.

Well done, drivers. It's likely to cost €3m in lost city revenue not to mention chaos for commuters.

The workers are protesting against the proposed privatisation of 10pc of bus routes. Commuters will have to suck it up from 11am to 1pm on the day and make do, although Dublin Bus unions have threatened to engage full-day actions also.

So what to do? Bear in mind that those with Leap cards can use them across Luas, DART and commuter rail services, so that may help find alternative transport on the day.

Although the DART normally has a 'swap' policy with bus tickets during inclement weather and some other issues, Irish Rail tells me that it doesn't apply during periods of industrial dispute, which is a pity, particularly if the action becomes prolonged.

Talks are ongoing to try and prevent the action, but for now it looks like Dublin travellers, shoppers and tourists are the big losers.

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