Dáil Éireann - Volume 597 - 08 February, 2005

Written Answers - Public Transport.

  372. Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for Transport if he has received any request from Bus Átha Cliath for approval or for funding for additional buses to serve the rapidly developing areas around Kiltiernan, Stepaside and Sandyford, County Dublin, especially those housing estates which are located off the Enniskerry Road; if he will report on his response to the request; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3831/05]

  Mr. Cullen: The day-to-day timetabling, scheduling of services and the deployment of its fleet is the statutory responsibility of Dublin Bus. I understand the management of Dublin Bus is currently examining ways of maximising the utilisation of the existing bus fleet in light of the significant investment made to date under the national development plan and [528] the ongoing changes in demand patterns for Dublin.

It would be premature to make any decisions on investment in additional capacity until my Department is satisfied that existing resources are being utilised in the most efficient and effective manner.