Bus Éireann have confirmed that it is pressing ahead with plans to scrap its daily service to Derry despite mounting concerns locally.
The company said yesterday that it had no date as yet for when the twice daily Route 33 Service would end, but that it was planning to pull it.
Senior politicians including Northern Ireland Transport Minister Chris Hazzard have intervened to try to save the route, with Sinn Fein, SDLP and People Before Profit also engaging in talks to reverse the move.
However, a Bus Éireann spokeswoman said it had advised staff on Monday that the route will be cancelled.
She said: “We are in consultation with the National Transport Authority (NTA) to ensure that connectivity is in place for our customers when the service is cancelled. No date has been set to cancel the route and customers will be advised of this well in advance with local and website notices.”
The spokesperson added: “We can clarify that 33 (x3) is a co-share route with Translink. Currently, we operate four of 11 services, the remainder are operated by Translink.
“There are alternative coach services from Derry to Dublin Airport/Dublin city via Translink’s X4 services.
“Also our Route 32 (Derry-Dublin Airport-Monaghan-Letterkenny) route, serves common locations along the route, including Strabane/Omagh.
“The Derry to Dublin corridor is not being left without connections.”