Jobs an­nounce­ment to bring boost to Bus Eire­ann ser­vices

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

BUS Eire­ann ser­vices in Wick­low are ex­pected to be en­hanced in the com­ing months as Bus Eire­ann an­nounced plans to take on fur­ther staff in the Gar­den County.

Last Thurs­day, Bus Eire­ann an­nounced it is to cre­ate al­most 200 new jobs across the coun­try, in­clud­ing 190 new driver po­si­tions and ad­di­tional me­chanic jobs. These roles will be re­quired in Wick­low, Dublin, Cork, Gal­way, Mayo, Wa­ter­ford, Na­van, Drogheda, Lim­er­ick and west Clare. Suit­able can­di­dates are be­ing sought across Ire­land and abroad.

Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris said he was pleased that Bus Eire­ann was re­cruit­ing driv­ers ‘with spe­cific in­ten­tion to ex­pand ser­vices in Co Wick­low’ and was hope­ful that the new ser­vices will al­le­vi­ate traf­fic prob­lems in the county.

‘I have met with Bus Eire­ann Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Ray Her­nan to high­light the need to im­prove ser­vices in the county. I was pleased that he ac­knowl­edged the im­por­tance of devel­op­ing ser­vices, es­pe­cially the 133,’ said Min­is­ter Har­ris.

‘Devel­op­ing ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive pub­lic trans­port is the key to re­duc­ing Co Wick­low’s dread­ful traf­fic prob­lem. I will con­tinue to work with col­leagues in Government, and communities in Co Wick­low to en­sure our ser­vices are de­vel­oped.’

The new staff po­si­tions are re­quired for an ex­pan­sion and en­hance­ment of ser­vices on a num­ber of Bus Éire­ann routes na­tion­wide un­der con­tract to the National Trans­port Au­thor­ity (NTA), and some ad­di­tional en­hance­ment of ser­vices on Ex­press­way routes.

These ser­vice en­hance­ments are planned for re­gional city net­works, town ser­vices and sev­eral Ex­press­way in­ter­city routes.

This ser­vice ex­pan­sion will be in­tro­duced over the next four to six months.

‘Af­ter a chal­leng­ing few years at the com­pany, it is great to move into a new growth phase,’ said Bus Eire­ann CEO Ray Her­nan. ‘The ma­jor­ity of this ser­vice ex­pan­sion will be de­liv­ered on be­half of the NTA for Pub­lic Ser­vice Obli­ga­tion routes – and when in­tro­duced, will greatly ben­e­fit our cus­tomers and should in­cen­tivise more peo­ple to make the switch to pub­lic trans­port.

For more in­for­ma­tion see www. bu­seire­­va­can­cies

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