Important things to remember for today's bus strike
Eleventh-hour talks aimed at averting this weekend's two-day strike by Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus workers broke down last night at the Labour Relations Commission meaning that strike action has gone ahead and there will be no bus service today.
To make matters worse bus unions refused to rule out further strike action after seven days of planned stoppages this month are completed.
Unions are concerned that tender legislation will force the National Transport Authority to put the remaining 90pc of routes out to tender by 2019 - following the initial allocation of 10pc.
The Department of Transport reiterated Minister Paschal Donohoe's commitment that no employee would be forced to move to a private operator, if the State bus companies lost their existing routes.
AA Roadwatch informed commuters online this morning, writing: "Dublin Bus & Bus Éireann services will not operate today & Sat due to industrial action."
Dublin Bus & Bus Éireann services will not operate today & Sat due to industrial action. Full details here http://t.co/8w7h54plL7— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) May 1, 2015
Here's some things to remember today.
1) There will be no nitelink tonight
Have a friend living in the city centre? You had better call and find out if their couch is free.
2) Taxi fares have been hiked by roughly four per cent, just in time for this weekend’s industrial action.
The charge per kilometre is increasing, from €1.03 to €1.10 at the standard time and €1.40 per km (up from €1.35) at premium times. And if the journey is long (over 15km) it goes from from €1.45 to €1.75.
3) You are not allowed to use the bus lane, even though private cars were allowed to do so during strikes in 2000.
Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe told Newstalk Breakfast that “bus lanes are preserved for public transport”.
4) Irish Rail says it is planning for a normal day of service tomorrow, meaning that it will have no extra trains running to cover the strike.
Some rail services will also be disrupted due to improvement works. This will impact the Dublin to Cork train on Saturday and Sunday.
5) For those of you heading abroad or arriving from afar, Aircoach says that they will have standby buses ready to go if they notice a surge in bookings.
6) Transdev says Luas trams will be running as normal tomorrow throughout Dublin city.
7) Expect to see plenty of private busses on the road
Go Bus – Cork or Galway travelling to Dublin City and Airport
JJ Kavanagh – Kildare: Naas, Clane, Newbridge, Kilcullen and Waterford City, Carlow, Clonmel, Kilkenny, Limerick, Dublin City and Airport
Dublin Coach – Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Waterford, Clare & Dublin
City Direct – Galway City
City Link – Galway, Athlone, Dublin, Limerick, Cork and Killarney
Collins Coaches – Dublin to Ballybay, Carrick, Ardee, Collon, Slane
Matthews Coaches – Dublin, Dundalk, Drogheda, Bettystown, Laytown
Swords Express – Swords into Dublin City
Wexford Bus – Wexford to Dublin City and Airport
McConnons – Monaghan, Clones, Castleblayney, Ardee, Collon, Slane, Dublin
Dublin Bus chief executive Paddy Doherty said "substantial damage" was being done to the transport firms.
Martin Nolan, chief executive of Bus Éireann, said it would be going to the High Court today "seeking damages from the unions".
Bus drivers are also planning a stoppage for May 15-16, and a three-day strike on May 29, 30 and 31.