Concerns Derry to Dublin bus service could be withdrawn

Foyle People Before Profit candidate Eamon McCann. (Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com)
Foyle People Before Profit candidate Eamon McCann. (Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com)
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People Before Profit Assembly candidate Eamonn McCann has raised concerns over a reported threat to a key Derry to Dublin bus service with Irish Transport Minister Shane Ross.

Mr McCann met with the Minister while in Dublin on Monday after reports emerged that the X33 twice daily Bus Eireann route was one of the three which the company could be withdrawn as part of cost saving measures.

It is understood the Derry to Dublin service is the only cross-border service which could be under threat.

The proposals emerged during talks between Bus Eireann and unions in Dublin this week.

Mr McCann, who was in Dublin to meet with officials to lobby for a rail link into the Republic when he became aware of the reports, said:

“This would see two buses a day gone, and given how fragile our transport infrastructure is, how bad our connectivity is, any loss be it a connecting train line or bus route has to be of concern.”

Mr McCann said that after meeting with Shane Ross in Dublin, the Minister promised to look into the matter.