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Public Consultation Process on the Regulation of Bus Services Outside the Greater Dublin Area
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11 November 2002

Public Consultation Process on the Regulation of Bus Services Outside the Greater Dublin Area

The Minister for Transport, Mr. Séamus Brennan TD, today (Thursday, 14th November), published a consultancy report on the regulation of bus services outside the Greater Dublin Area.

The study was commissioned in October 2001 by the then Department of Public Enterprise.  It sets out the consultants (Steer Davies Gleave in association with Fitzpatrick Associates) proposals for regulatory reform of the bus market outside the Greater Dublin Area.

Copies of the consultants report and executive summary are available on the Departments website at

The consultants were asked to produce recommendations for a regulatory framework that would: 

  • promote the provision of high quality services to customers in terms of price, frequency, reliability and comfort;
  • ensure transparency as to the value for money being obtained and the services being provided in return for State subsidy; and
  • provide for appropriate integration of public transport services (i.e. integration of bus services and integration between bus and rail services)

The report provides an identification and assessment of the existing bus market in Ireland and an analysis of options for the future regulation of the market segments identified.  An analysis of practical experience in comparative international markets similar to those in Ireland was also carried out and conclusions and recommendations on appropriate regulatory models for the Irish bus markets have been put forward.

The main markets identified were the Inter Regional Market (intercity services), Urban services (provincial cities), and Regional Services (local services).

In relation to the consultancy report, the Minister, in his recent statement on Public Transport Reform to the Public Transport Partnership Forum, said  " I want to emphasise that neither I nor the Government have yet taken any view on the content of the consultants' report.  I am publishing it without commitment.  Following consideration of the report and the response from the public consultation, I will publish proposals for regulatory reform outside the Greater Dublin Area early in 2003".

The Minister for Transport has invited the views of the social partners on the proposals, through the Public Transport Partnership Forum established under the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness. Individuals and organisations are also invited to comment on the proposals in the report and can do so by making a submission in writing not later than 20 December 2002, to: 

Ms. Sharon Gleeson,
Public Transport (Regulatory Affairs) Division,
Department of Transport,
44 Kildare Street,
Dublin 2.


Fax:  (01) 6041657


14th November 2002