Bus and rail workers have voted unanimously to walk off the job in the face of escalating antisocial behaviour all over the country. At the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) biennial conference in Cork, workers reported that robberies, threats, assaults and racist abuse are happening on an almost daily basis.
The long-awaited €3bn transport strategy for Cork, which is finally due to be unveiled next week, is expected to recommend massive investment to deliver a reliable high-capacity bus system as a precursor to a Luas-type rail service.
Brendan Fehily’s frustration and outrage at the 208 Bishopstown bus service is totally justified but unfortunately, his experience is but the tip of the iceberg. (Irish Examiner letters 15/12/2018). By way of background, Bus Éireann and the National Transport Authority (NTA) decided in July of 2012 to increase the frequency of a number of Cork City bus routes from 20 to 10-minute intervals.
A judge today described as "bizarre" an incident where a drunken 20-year-old man stole a bus after a night in the pub and drove the bus on motorways around Shannon town before crashing it into a wall.