Passenger numbers on Cork buses up 6%

Passenger numbers on Cork buses up 6%
Figures from Bus Éireann to mark the 30th anniversary of the company operating in Cork.

BUS passenger numbers in Cork have jumped 6% in the last year and the city also saw the introduction of 16 new double decker buses to the Bus Éireann fleet.

The company marked 30 years in Cokr yesterday with a celebration event at the Parnell Place bus station.

Yesterday also saw the introduction of a new, enlarged Red Zone for the city meaning passengers from suburban areas of Ballincollig, Carrigaline and Blarney can avail of lower fares.

Bus Éireann said an extra 700,000 passengers journeys occurred last year in Cork marking an increase of 18.8% between 2013 and 2016, from 10.6m to 12.6m journeys.

They said this trend will continue and an increase in passenger numbers will be recorded for 2017.

A spokesperson said 16 new double deck buses and nine new coaches were introduced into the Cork fleet during 2017, to cater for this growing passenger demand. 

These vehicles have double USB-sockets, WiFi, high back cushioned seats and real-time passenger information screens. 

It is expected that more such vehicles will enter the fleet in 2018.

Bus Éireann said they continue to work with the National Transport Authority (NTA) and some announcements on the Cork route network are expected early next year.

Martin Walsh, Bus Éireann South Regional Manager, said that marking 30 years as a brand is a significant milestone.

"It’s great to celebrate 30 years of ‘making better connections’ with strong passenger growth and new fleet.

"As the economy returns to growth, traffic congestion is having a real impact, and public transport is a way to counter that."

NTA Chief Executive Officer Anne Graham said the zone changes were good for the travelling public in Cork.

"Thanks to initiatives like the expansion of city bus zones in Cork and other regional cities, passengers on about five million journeys on Bus Éireann services will be paying lower fares from today."

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