Nightrider service was losing money says Bus Eireann
BUS ÉIREANN have defended themselves over accusations that a lack of promotion was the reason behind the failure of the Nightrider service.
The weekend service from Dublin to Wicklow was scrapped two weeks ago now, with Wicklow Town Mayor John O’Brien claiming most people didn’t even know it existed.
Andrew McLindon, Manager of Media and PR for Bus Éireann, says the decision to discontinue to service was ‘regretful’ but the Nightrider was no longer commercially viable. He also denies that the service wasn’t properly promoted or advertised.
‘Although the service was promoted locally and via the internet, the low level of customer uptake of this service over the last number of years means that it is not commercially viable to continue the 133N as the losses incurred in operating it cannot be sustained.’
He adds, ‘we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause customers of the 133N. However, as Nightrider services are fully commercial and receive no revenue support from central government they must operate as financially viable and commercially successful ventures.’
The Nightrider also took in Kilmacanogue, Newtownmountkennedy, Newcastle, Ashford and Rathnew, leaving Dublin City Centre at 12.30 a.m. and 3 a.m. each Friday night/ Saturday morning and Saturday night/ Sunday morning.