Bus Éireann’s extensive Expressway network is losing money and faces potent competition from other operators. DAVID JENKINS tries it out from Dublin to Galway and Limerick in the first of this two-part account of his travels.

On the coach roads of Ireland

SP104, the Irizar PB-bodied Scania K340EB4 on which David Jenkins travelled from Dublin Airport to Galway, in Athlone bus station.
Contrast between the branded shelters at Dublin Airport for Bus Éireann — with parcel tape covering some services that have moved stop — and ComfortDelGro-owned Citylink.

Long gone are the days when Bus Éireann dominated Ireland’s express coach market. For one thing, its Expressway division has to operate without subsidy and now functions in a competitive market place against a variety of newcomers.

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