Bus Éireann to get extra €7m from State for free travel scheme

Move will bring payments into line with private sector rivals

Bus Éireann will ringfence the extra cash for its Expressway service, which faces most competitive pressure from private sector players. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Bus Éireann will ringfence the extra cash for its Expressway service, which faces most competitive pressure from private sector players. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

State-owned Bus Éireann will earn up to an extra €7 million in income next year after the Government agreed to increase payments for pensioners’ free travel to the company.

The transport company has been arguing for several years that its private-sector competitors get about 70 per cent of the average fare from the Government for carrying passengers entitled to free travel, while Bus Éireann was receiving just 37 per cent.

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