Dáil Éireann - Volume 627 - 08 November, 2006

Written Answers. - Public Transport.

Mr. Crowe asked the Minister for Transport the amount the State has funded Dublin Bus per year since 1997 to date in 2006. [36766/06]

Mr. Crowe asked the Minister for Transport the number of extra buses provided for Dublin Bus per year since 1997 to date in 2006. [36767/06]

Mr. Crowe asked the Minister for Transport the number of extra buses provided for Bus Éireann per year since 1997 to date in 2006. [36768/06]

Mr. Crowe asked the Minister for Transport the number of additional buses promised to Dublin Bus under the current national development plan; and if the Government will deliver on this. [36834/06]

  Mr. Cullen: I propose to take Questions Nos. 235 to 238, inclusive, together.

The annual Exchequer subvention paid to Dublin Bus in respect of public service obligations each year since 1997 is as shown in the table.

Year

Subvention paid to Dublin Bus

€000

1997

8,888

1998

11,294

1999

16,818

2000

41,189

2001

54,316

2002

56,063

2003

53,867

2004

61,810

2005

64,900

2006

69,845 (estimate)

[287] In addition, the company has been supported over the period by the Exchequer through the provision of almost €123m in capital funds for the purchase of new buses.

[288] The number of additional and replacement buses brought into service by Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus since 1997 are set out in the table.

Year

Bus Éireann

Dublin Bus

Replacement

Additional

Replacement

Additional

1997

70

72

1998

30

78

1999

103

142

73

2000

89

59

132

93

2001

94

3

56

2002

10

53

2003

68

90

2004

65

3

36

2005

30

50

20

2006

100

*

*Of the 100 additional buses ordered by Dublin Bus, 30 have now been delivered and are due to come into service in December. The remainder of the buses will be in service in 2007.

The capacity of the fleet of Dublin Bus has been further increased by the purchase of larger capacity buses in recent years.

The National Development Plan (NDP) provided for the purchase of 275 additional buses and 500 replacement buses for the Dublin Region over the period 2000-2006. As set out in the table above, Dublin Bus, as the main provider of bus services in the Dublin Region, has introduced a total of 113 additional buses, and 100 additional buses are being purchased this year. 517 replacement buses have been purchased over the period since 2000.