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Road to recovery Public transport to increase from 50pc to 75pc capacity from July 19

The change will apply across all public transport operators including Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and Irish Rail.

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CAPACITY on public transport services will be increased to 75pc from July 19 following a Cabinet decision.

Ministers agreed on Tuesday to increase the capacity limits imposed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic from the current 50pc on buses, trains and trams to 75pc from Monday week.

The change will apply across all public transport operators including Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and Irish Rail.

Capacity had been limited to 25pc and services were more limited during the lockdown earlier this year as well as the two lockdowns last year.

The Cabinet was told that all transport operators are currently experiencing capacity issues with the current level of 50pc being reached as more people avail of services now that restrictions have eased.

The limit includes all passengers who are either sitting or standing on a bus, train or tram.

Ahead of the expected resumption of international travel under the EU’s Digital Covid Certificate scheme from July 19, ministers were told that the volumes of people travelling to and from Dublin are expected to rise next month.

The increase to 75pc comes ahead of an anticipated lifting of the capacity restrictions entirely from August 5.

However, this will likely require a further Cabinet decision in advance and will depend on the spread of the virus at the time.

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