Saturday 16 December 2017

Fares rise in city but Luas works will delay buses

Workers putting in the Luas line on O'Connell Street
Workers putting in the Luas line on O'Connell Street

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has said Dublin Bus operations will come under pressure due to traffic congestion caused by the Luas Cross City construction works and the growing economy.

The agency yesterday signed off on a range of price increases for some bus and rail services.

And it predicted that Dublin Bus will face pressure next year in its Public Transport Fare Determination Report on the company.


Among the price rises for bus users are a 5c increase in the schoolchild cash fare and multi- operator monthly and annual tickets go up by between 2.6pc and 2.9pc.

The report said it expects Dublin Bus passenger journeys to grow by 1pc next year.

"While this may appear conservative, passenger journey growth will be dampened by the construction works for Luas Cross City which will continue throughout 2016," the report said.

"These construction works, along with expected increased congestion due to the growing economy, will slow bus movements in some areas and this will require Dublin Bus to provide additional bus services to ensure passengers continue to receive the quality of service they have come to expect.

"This growth will put pressure on projected Dublin Bus operations."

The NTA said 100 additional buses are expected to be needed over three years.

Among the biggest fare changes is for Luas passengers who used a three-zone monthly and annual ticket, which are being discontinued.

An annual ticket costs €850, but this will rise to €910 for an all-zone ticket.

An NTA report on Luas outlines how cash increases on its fares are constrained because ticket vending machines do not accept coins below 10c, but suggested that smaller fare increases may become possible as Leap Cards become the dominant method of payment.

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