Rail Users Ireland Forum

Go Back   Rail Users Ireland Forum > General Information & Discussion > Events, Happenings and Media
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Unread 10-08-2017, 12:05   #1
Mark Gleeson
Technical Officer
 
Mark Gleeson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Coach C, Seat 33
Posts: 12,472
Default 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
Mark Gleeson is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 27-08-2017, 17:49   #2
ie219
New to the board
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Dublin
Posts: 3
Default

Perhaps they should run 10% of of the railways too. I think it would be a good idea myself.
__________________
Gerard McAuley
ie219 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 28-08-2017, 08:40   #3
comcor
Really Regular Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Cork-Dublin, Cork Commuter and occasionally DART and Dublin-Wexford
Posts: 791
Default

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.
comcor is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 27-09-2017, 11:32   #4
Sealink
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 82
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ie219 View Post
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...
Sealink is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 27-09-2017, 12:26   #5
ACustomer
Really Regular Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 647
Default

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.
ACustomer is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 27-09-2017, 13:20   #6
Mark Gleeson
Technical Officer
 
Mark Gleeson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Coach C, Seat 33
Posts: 12,472
Default

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
Mark Gleeson is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 07:50.


Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.