Bus Éireann injects €96m into Dublin’s economy

by Gazette Reporter
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Ireland’s national bus company Bus Éireann has published a new report by KPMG which shows the positive impact tit has on individuals and communities in Dublin.  

The report outlines Bus Éireann’s gross value added to the Dublin economy at €96 million. The company employs 360 people who live in County Dublin and transports 5,800 students on school transport in the county each school day. 

There are 180 Bus Éireann bus stops in County Dublin, with 247 of these within 2km of hospitals and 529 stops within 2km of higher education institutes. 

Speaking about the report the CEO of Bus Éireann, Stephen Kent, commented:“We are proud of the contribution Bus Éireann and its employees make to the country, and to local communities in Dublin. Ultimately, the value of Bus Éireann as Ireland’s national bus company is our understanding of transport needs in Ireland’s cities, towns and rural areas. The fact that we provide services in every county gives us a special understanding of what moves Ireland, how to do it better, and more sustainably.’’ 

 The report’s project lead, Professor William Hynes of KPMG Future Analytics, commented: “Transport is ultimately an economic enabler, and Bus Éireann’s measurable and intangible impacts are compelling: ~€270 million for the national economy, 8,800 direct and indirect jobs, and a social footprint in cities, towns and villages across the country.”  

The report further shows Bus Éireann’s contribution to Ireland’s climate action goals and sustainable transport. Up to 12.6 million car journeys are avoided every year by passengers choosing Éireann services, and an additional 21.5 million car journeys are avoided due to the School Transport Scheme. Nationally, 120,000 schoolchildren travel on a Bus Éireann service every day to and from school.  

Bus Éireann is also playing a significant role in Ireland’s fight against climate change by significantly reducing road congestion. Bus Éireann’s sustainability strategy targets a 50% reduction in the company’s greenhouse gas emissions and a 30% increase in passenger numbers by 2030. 

For more information and a copy of the report please visit: www.buseireann.ie

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