Bus Eireann strike hits students and workers

Bus Eireann strike hits students and workers
There was widespread disruption to Bus Eireann services from Sunday as more than 1,000 drivers around the country went on strike against cuts to their overtime and pay.

There was widespread disruption to Bus Eireann services from Sunday as more than 1,000 drivers around the country went on strike against cuts to their overtime and pay.

The strike has been causing a series of problems for a number of people including commuters travelling to work, children travelling to school and students in DkIT who are due to sit exams this week.

“I don’t think anyone in my class missed an exam this morning,” said Sean Connolly, a student at DkIT, “Nobody seemed to realise that the bus drivers were on strike but they managed to get lifts at the last minute and everyone turned up.

“College is a 20 minute drive from my house, “ said the student, who is doing his final year exams, but thankfully I was able to arrange a lift so I was lucky.”

Matthews Coach Hire also helped students who were stranded in Drogheda make it to their exams in DkIT and made sure no one was left behind.

The bus company had 5-6 extra coaches available on Monday to deal with the extra demand and were able to make allowances to carry an extra 500 passengers on Monday morning.

The company have provided extra coaches on their routes from Dundalk and Drogheda to Dublin and Bettystown to Dublin.

Yesterday morning the company transported over 1800 people and were also able to provide extra services in the evening.

A spokesperson for the company said the whole operation ran smoothly and was well marshalled.

“The company knew there would be a demand for extra services and they wanted to help meet the demand while not forgetting about their regular customers who use the service every day.”

Strike action is expected to continue into the week meaning over 95% of services will be disrupted.

Matthews will be be trying to help deal with the demand for as long as the strike continues and will be judging the need for extra capacity on a day-to-day basis.

Anyone travelling is advised to check www.buseireann.ie and national and local media.