Nightrider ser­vice was los­ing money says Bus Eire­ann

Bray People - - News -

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.

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