Athlone-Westport bus route changes postponed

Thu, Apr 20, 2017

Bus Éireann proposals to axe the Athlone to Westport bus service have been postponed.

The company had planned to withdraw from the route on Easter Sunday, April 16, as part of cost-cutting measures. However, the strike action which has dominated headlines for the past number of weeks meant that plans to do so were never put in place. It is understood that Bus Éireann will continue to operate the service for another week, before the National Transport Authority (NTA) steps in to continue its facilitation due to a public service obligation.

The nationwide strike by Bus Éireann workers was suspended on Thursday last week when the Labour Court made recommendations aimed at resolving the dispute. Services returned to normal on Good Friday and the workers’ unions are currently mulling over the proposals issued to them, which include 200 job cuts, cuts to earnings of over €60,000, and freezes on increments.


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