The new boss of Bus Eireann has told staff that it plans to hold onto its Expressway service despite facing the threat of going bust in 18 months.
Today’s Irish Independent reports that acting chief executive Ray Hernan sent a letter to Bus Eireann employees yesterday after the consultants’ report commissioned by the company warned it may soon have no option but to get rid of the inter-city service.
But Mr Hernan said no decision had been taken to drop that side of the business.
He said the company is facing losses which are not sustainable.
But he said to be clear Expressway is and will continue to be a part of Bus Eireann. He said a combination of operational efficiencies and a sharp focus on all cost drivers can achieve this.
The letter to staff came after the Grant Thornton report advised that Expressway be scrapped. The service was once profitable but has faced intense pressure from competition on inter-city routes.