CTTC warn Oireachtas Committee that Commercial bus operators face challenges around drop-off facilities at major events this summer

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    The industry is seriously concerned about preparations for some of the major events planned for Dublin.  

    At a joint sitting of the Oireachtas Transport committee last Wednesday 8th May, the leading representative body for commercial coach and bus operators in Ireland, The Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland (CTTC) highlighted their serious concerns around drop off facilities and sufficient traffic management plans at major events this summer.

    Drop-off, parking and pick-up facilities in Dublin have been particularly challenging in recent years with bus passengers, GAA fans and concert goers with limited capacity or accompanying young children, as it stands, are forced to walk 45 minutes from the specified coach park to Croke Park. This situation is set to be the norm this summer also, which the CTTC contends is completely unacceptable and only serves to encourage people back into private vehicles.

    The organisation was represented at the Oireachtas meeting by CTTC Chair, Willie Martin and Executive Members, JJ Kavanagh and Brendan Crowley.

    The CTTC also made a number of other key recommendations regarding policy areas which require immediate action, including;

    • The Inclusion of Private Coach Operators in Fare Reduction Schemes
    • The Extension of Tax Relief for Decarbonisation Initiatives to enable the transition to net-zero fleets and investment in accessibility
    • Issues Impacting the Expansion of the School Transport scheme
    • Bus and Coach Infrastructure Development

    Speaking following the meeting, Chairperson of the CTTC, Willie Martin said: “The CTTC was pleased to have had the opportunity to appear before the Oireachtas Transport Committee, to highlight the ongoing issues confronting the sector.

    While many of the industry’s issues are well-worn to include the need for fare reductions for all passengers, incentives for operators to make the transition to the most sustainable fleets and issues with driver recruitment, the reality is the industry is seriously concerned about preparations regarding drop-off facilities and parking for some of the major events planned for Dublin, and around the country this summer. With a plethora of concerts ranging from Coldplay, to Bruce Springsteen happening over the summer, moving passengers around safely and seamlessly will be crucial if we are to avoid congestion, private car usage and general disruption.

    During recent events, operators have observed challenges due to the absence of designated drop-off points or insufficient space to accommodate buses near large venues. The lack of proper facilities not only inconveniences attendees but also raises safety concerns, particularly during peak arrival and departure times when congestion and overcrowding may occur.

    Providing accessible and efficient transport options is essential for sustainable mobility, reducing traffic congestion, and enhancing the overall concert experience for attendees. Before an event is granted a licence, sufficient and meaningful regard must be given to the accessibility of large public transport vehicles.

    “As Ireland’s dedicated representive body for the coach and bus sector, we remain committed to collaborating with policymakers and stakeholders to enact meaningful change that benefits both operators and passengers alike.” Mr. Martin concluded.