Uncertain future for Dublin bus service as Brexit deadlock goes on

WITH the possibility of a disastrous ‘no-deal’ Brexit remaining, fears persist for the future of cross-border services, including the local Dublin bus route.
Bus Eireann has reiterated that it has no plans to cancel any of its cross-border routes, including the popular Number 30 route that is widely used by Fermanagh commuters and travellers.
However, the state bus company has said the return of a hard border would mean it would have to review its cross-border services.
“Bus Eireann has had some communications with the Department of Transport in the UK on this matter.
“They have set up a working group and we provided a list of services that would be impacted in the event of the return of a ‘hard border’,” said a spokesman.
The spokesman said the company had no plans to cancel the Number 30, which the company has said has increased in frequency by 40 percent since it was enhanced last year, or any of its other cross-border routes.
They added, however: “We are closely monitoring the situation and considering all options at present.
“Ultimately, if passport checks come in, it would mean a delay in services crossing the border, similar to what occurred in the past.
“We would have to review all cross-border timetables if regular border checks came to pass.
“However, the issue is still at a ‘scoping out’ phase and more work may be required, depending on what emerges from the EU Brexit talks.”
The spokesman said “while the Brexit situation remains fluid”, Bus Eireann would continue to work closely with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in the South, and the National Transport Authority, on matters relating to Brexit.

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