Union urges the public to support bus campaign

The public in the north west are being urged to put their shoulder to the wheel in order to save their rural bus services.

A well attended meeting took place in Tubbercurry last night where the National Bus & Rail Union informed those in attendance of Bus Eireann plans to shut down some expressway routes.

These, the crowd were told, would include up to 238 departures in towns & villages on the Derry to Galway route and a further 80 on the Sligo to Dublin journey.

It comes after minister for transport Shane Ross yesterday warned that the company is facing insolvency within two years unless difficult decisions are made.

One bus driver told the meeting that his livelihood and that of many people in the region was on the line while there was much criticism of the failure of all bar one political representative in the area to attend the meeting.

Only Independent councillor Margaret Gormley was present.

NBRU president John Maloney and General secretary Dermot O’Leary said public representatives need to be pressurised to keep the service going.

Speaking to Ocean FM Dermot O’Leary said the public need to make themselves heard before it’s too late.