The NTA were chronically understaffed and still are understaffed. They warned the department that if they were not able to recruit extra staff then it would effect their ability to deliver projects on time. The department has since allowed 12 extra staff but this only helped a small amount.
I'm very much an outsider here but my understanding is that whenever someone (NTA or DB management) want to change a route, it goes to the drivers/union for discussion. Several drafts of the timetable are debated and rejected, all taking time, until eventually a consensus exists and the new timetable can be published and made available to customers. This process might be quick sometimes but can be very slow other times and, in the case of Network Direct all those years ago, several changes were abandoned completely because of lack of agreement.
If GAI can implement a timetable change in a more efficient manner, I can understand why NTA would want to wait until GAI were running the routes before introducing the changes.
It's not amazing at all. Trying to get rid of change facilities in the past would have been politically difficult because of the inevitable whinging. Trying to support change receipts with two different operators with two different settlement models would be expensive for NTA to implement or tricky for customers. Getting rid of it now is both efficient and easy to explain.
They are very understaffed.
True but DB keep their own fare revenue but fare revenue from GAI goes back to the NTA as GAI are paid a set fee so DB have more autonomy.
You're sort of jumping to a conclusion there that after a slightly shakey start which can be expected Go-Ahead are bad bus service I will reserve my judgment for Go-Ahead after 6 months to a year not after less than week of operating DB routes. The NTA recently announced one the largest route expansion plans for DB routes too so they're hardly just trying to make Go-Ahead look good.
Bus Connects has nothing to do with Go-Ahead. DB recently had their direct award contract renewed so their operation will remain the same in size as it is now and as it was before GAI started operating. If GAI get more routes after Bus Connects it will be a result of increased levels of service. DB is also one of the agencies involved in drawing up the bus connects plan GAI are not.
Well considering DB still keep their fares I would imagine they had some input into that decison
That would be the NTAs responsibility not GAIs as it's their fare revenue not GAIs. GAI are only responsible for the day to day operation the services
True but to that you would also need to replace all the outdated wayfarers from DB buses. Not sure what ticketing equipment GAI buses are using.
Hi all dont post here ever. Just want to clarify some information here.
NTA decide the timetables for all routes. No changes can be made to posted tinetables without NTA approval. That goes for all pso contracts. DB ,go ahead etc. Db cant even put an extra bus on a peck times with the nod from the NTA.
Drivers are never involved in this process. DB Drivers do vote on duty timetables but they are an internal issue and dont affect customer timetables. GAI are in the same boat in regards to customer timetables but im sure the NTA is bending over a little to make the transition a little easier.
Union votes are done on the drivers / workers issues and not what the Nta want done..
Lots of problems with the 75 and 75A over the last few days. Twitter has many annoyed passengers late for work and school.
At times, the real time and journey planner apps show different arrival times, and the new TFI timetable is very confusing with a lot of errors. Look at the departures in the evening.
That's because the journey planner shows scheduled times, unless otherwise indicated whilst the real time application, shows real time information, although it wasn't helped by the NTA suggesting people use the Journey Planner for real time information earlier in the week (which it can provide through the departures tab) which has confused people.
The PDF's are dreadful though, I'll give you that, in dire need of a proof read. They appear to have remove the 75 one though from the TFI and Go-Ahead site and gone back to older ones of a different layout.
At this stage I wouldn't be surprised if the next phase was delayed by a week at least, so they can sort these issues out, because honestly this first phase hasn't been a total disaster, but it's been very near and they need to sort these issues out before transfering anymore.
I'm not surprised due to the crazy decision to reroute through Dundrum Village. I can see this being decision reversed in time if the NTA see sense and realise it serves little purpose other than adding time onto the journey. My guess a lot of the issues are due to this diversion and I am not one bit surprised.
The 75 has always had problems route due to it's lengthy running time and traffic delays as there are few bus priority measures along this route. An idea would be running a certain number of extra departures around peak times as short runnings going only to Dundrum.
I had a read of the GAI customer charter and one oddity I noticed was that it said lost property is held in Ballymount for two days and is then moved to the DB lost property office. I wonder what the story is with that.
In an ideal world, Dundrum village would be essential access only. They have a bypass like!
The schedule process is now totally different.Maximum of two drafts,the second is implimented regardless of agreement,with one single independent referal tribunal to ultimately decide.
Process is now taking less than 2 weeks beginning to end.
Must be some agreement about accessibility.
Just to add to the Shop River discussion, here is proof that it does exist:
Garda’ had to handcuff man who became aggressive outside club https://www.independent.ie/regionals/braypeople/news/garda-had-to-handcuff-man-who-became-aggressive-outside-club-27611884.html
It’s in the newspapers so it must be true :-)
Their staff are also nothing to do with the Department of Transport. As in the allocation of staff has no relation to the department.
Unfortunately, the both of you are ploughing a rather misguided and false furrow there and a false narrative So rather than speculate of what is true and what isn't about the situation in the NTA, lets just examine their board meeting minutes shall we and go with the facts.
Perhaps the April one would be a good place to start?
Also, how about the May one?
So I suggest you find a new source, since it's clear the ones that are telling you that the department have no control over staffing have no idea what they are talking about and rather than me knowing inside info of HR Matters, I simply read an official document in a public domain on a clearly labeled section of the NTA Website.