The Coach Tourism & Transport Council of Ireland (CTTC) has today welcomed Minister for Transport, Shane Ross’ move to put in place temporary funding supports for bus companies operating scheduled services. Scheduled bus service operators are essential in areas that are not covered by existing public service obligation bus or rail services. The measures introduced will assist essential operators who are under severe financial pressure due to the catastrophic changes brought about as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The CTTC is the largest representative body for Ireland’s private bus operators and coach touring companies. Its members are leading providers of private scheduled services, international tours, school transport and private hire. In total there are 1,721 coach operators in Ireland, carrying over 75 million passengers per year, supporting 11,457 jobs and contributing €400 million to the economy.
Chairman of the CTTC, John Halpenny said “We are delighted to learn of Minister Ross’ move to support the sector during a very challenging time for operators. The CTTC has been extensively lobbying politicians and officials for some time which has had a clear impact as our efforts have helped deliver tangible results for scheduled service operators and, by extension, their passengers”.
“Overall, this package recognises the essential connectivity private bus operators provide and the integral part we play in Ireland’s transport provision. It is a positive first step by the Minister and we now look forward to seeing flesh on the bones of commitment and understanding fully the mechanics of how this support package will work”.
“The sector faces a myriad of challenges over the next 18 months with reduced capacity due to social distancing, limited international visitors as a consequence of quarantining rules and depleted consumer confidence. Sustaining services in the face of the foregoing will prove dreadfully difficult but our members remain committed to safely delivering the essential connectivity that Ireland needs at this time” John Halpenny concluded.
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