Dáil Éireann - Volume 663 - 14 October, 2008

Written Answers. - Public Transport.

Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Transport if he has received requests for funding of Nitelink services operated by Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus when the services being run are not commercial; his views on funding such services on the basis of road safety; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34620/08]

  Deputy Noel Dempsey: A total of €80.628m in Exchequer funding has been allocated to Dublin Bus and €36.846m to Bus Éireann in 2008 towards the cost of loss making economically necessary services which they provide as part of a network of bus services. The deployment of this funding across the network of routes and non-commercial services is a matter for the bus companies concerned. The bus companies have not sought specific or additional funding for Nitelink services.