EXTRA staff are being recruited by Bus Eireann in Cork to improve their real-time information displays at city bus stops.
With the increased use of the buses in Cork, Bus Eireann Regional Manager Martin Walsh said they will be increasing the number of staff in the Cork control centre, which monitors the buses and the real-time information that is available to passengers.
“We have an Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) control centre where we have service supervisors who monitor our services and we are allocating more staff there to monitor services and they will have support staff and additional management there as well.” The AVL centre is located at the Capwell bus depot at Turners Cross.
Every day 40,000 bus trips are taken in the Cork metropolitan area, figures from the National Transport Authority have shown.
The Cork city network which accounts for almost 40% of Bus Éireann Public Service Obligations (PSO) passenger journeys has had passenger journey growth of more than 20% since 2013.
Bus Éireann has said the growth in Cork city has been greatly helped by the reconfiguration of bus services in the city.
Bus Eireann Regional Manager Martin Walsh said he is “absolutely delighted” with the growth of the services. “There has been very strong growth over the past four years and there is more growth planned for this year, so there has been a very good response to the service improvement and we feel there is a lot more available.
“There are further improvements planned for this year.”