Go Ahead Ireland
Bus company, Go-Ahead Ireland is today announcing the creation of a further 100 jobs and additional €4.5 million investment in its second bus depot, located in Naas.
This is in addition to 425 jobs created and €12.5 million invested in its Dublin business since 2018.
Go-Ahead Ireland began operating bus services across the capital in September last year after the National Transport Authority (NTA) awarded the company the contract to run 10% - 24 routes - of the Outer Dublin Metropolitan Area (ODMA) Public Service Obligation routes.
All the ODMA routes have been operational since the end of March 2019. In a separate competitive tender, Go-Ahead Ireland, was awarded the contract to operate six Dublin commuter routes and this latest bus and investment announcement, is to facilitate that contract, as well as ongoing growth across the Go-Ahead Ireland business.
The new roles include bus drivers, engineers, maintenance and operational support, supervisors and admin personnel - the majority of which will be based in the new Naas depot, although there is some flexibility on location.
Ed Wills, Managing Director of Go-Ahead Ireland said, "We are delighted to expand our investment, support the economy and create jobs in Ireland. It is important for us to grow talent locally and we look forward to engaging with the communities these new routes will operate in. Bus driver roles are great for those who enjoy working with the public and relish being part of a busy environment.”
The NTA has indicated switchover dates from Bus Éireann to Go-Ahead Ireland in the last quarter of 2019. Exact dates and timetables will be issued over the coming months. Route information is as follows;
Route 120 – Dublin to Edenderry
Route 120c (new) - Tullamore to Enfield
Route 123 – Dublin to Kilmeage
Route 124 – Dublin to Portlaoise
Route 126 – Dublin to Newbridge (extensions to Kildare and Rathangan)
The €4.5 million investment will be spread across driver training, depot fit out and mobilisation.