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Mark Gleeson 10-08-2017 12:05

Go Ahead as preferred bidder for Dublin Bus routes
 
https://www.nationaltransport.ie/new...routes-dublin/

Quote:

Go-Ahead has been selected as the preferred bidder for the contract relating to the operation of 24 Public Service Obligation (PSO) bus routes in the Dublin metropolitan area. NTA has written to Go-Ahead to inform the company of the decision. Go-Ahead is expected to begin operating some of these routes by the end of November 2018 and all routes by February 2019.
And it begins

ie219 27-08-2017 17:49

Perhaps they should run 10% of of the railways too. I think it would be a good idea myself.

comcor 28-08-2017 08:40

The difficulty there is that they would need to be some self-contained lines, where rolling stock isn't shared across the network. And that's before you get into the problems of depots etc.

The only realistic candidates are DART and Cork Suburban, and the latter is far too small to interest international operators, so you'd end up with some fudge where someone in Ireland, who is politically connected, but knows nothing about running a railway gets a juicy contract.

Sealink 27-09-2017 11:32

Quote:

Originally Posted by ie219 (Post 78750)
Perhaps they should run 10% of of the railways too. I think it would be a good idea myself.

Be careful what you wish for...

ACustomer 27-09-2017 12:26

I think that Irish Rail is simply too small to break up into separate franchises, nothing to do with privatisation more to do with the scale of operation.

Sealink, I think it would be unwise to use the link you provided about Southern Rail as an example of being careful about what one wishes for. The company seems to be a complete outlier with uniquely awful industrial relations problems, not all of which are the company's fault.

Mark Gleeson 27-09-2017 13:20

At best you get two chunks, Dublin and rest

Privatisation is no different to current really, as its all a contract.

Difference is there is no motivation for Irish Rail to get better, no risk. In a private sector approach, you can't make money unless you deliver.

The complete opposite to Southern is Chiltern https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiltern_Railways and this is far closer to Irish Rail's operating conditions and asset quality and conditions


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