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25-07-2017, 12:01   #31
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I steer well clear of them on the motorways. Have lost count the number of near misses I have seen their drivers in. They always seem to be in a terrible hurry.
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25-07-2017, 12:03   #32
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I steer well clear of them on the motorways. Have lost count the number of near misses I have seen their drivers in. They always seem to be in a terrible hurry.
Yeah, the quicker they get around the quicker they finish, it makes no difference to the company how long it takes except extra diesel.
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25-07-2017, 12:20   #33
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I honestly don't know how they get away with running a service from Dublin to Tralee (realistically 5-5:30 hour journey) without a toilet on board.

The breakdowns and w*nker drivers also are a major downside. I understand that online bookings and return ticket holders take priority but I saw a driver literally manhandling some passengers off of a bus which he had given them a ticket for only minutes previously, all because an online booking had shown up.

This company are a Joe Duffy show waiting to happen.
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25-07-2017, 12:23   #34
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I spent a few months getting the Dublin Coach daily between the airport and Naas around 2 years ago. The buses used to frequently breakdown mid n7, not because of any technical problem but because they ran out of fuel every time! Madness how the company runs, 11pm at night standing on the side of the motorway with one or two random oddballs.

Worst experience I ever had with them was during the redcow upgrades. I was the only passenger on the bus, sitting downstairs, late one night, the driver was phoned by a colleague who said to take an earlier exit because redcow was closed off at J1. After a few km circling around kingswood and the belgard road due to the road diversions the driver lost the plot and began screaming and banging the bus window in frustration. It was terrifying, battery dead on my mobile, only female on bus, shortly after I sorted myself with a car.
At the time I stupidly never reported cause this guy seemed genuinely nice the rest of the time and used to chat to me quite a bit, often wonder does he still work for them..
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Thankfully haven't had any issues with breakdowns. Good service (Dublin-Limerick), a much better price than competitors, and doesn't stop everywhere which is great. Queuing "system" is a disaster, so def recommend pre-booking tickets - one day the 5:45 was full, so they gave out raffle tickets to those who didn't get on...which then meant absolutely nothing when the next bus rolled in.

Did have a bag taken from the underside once and no one was of much help.
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I get it occasionally from Dungarvan to Dublin.
It's the best public transport for this route.

The 6.10 one gets to Dublin City Centre around 9.40 every time. 30 mins later than scheduled. That's fine as I know this and expect it.

The 18.10 from Dublin is often 10 or 20 mins late leaving and usually gets to Dungarvan about 30 mins late too.

Many of the drivers seem inexperienced, wreckless or dangerous. I've had them hit roundabouts and kerbs in Waterford City that I've never experienced on hundreds of other bus journeys on the same route. Some of them are constantly driving erratically and braking hard behind slower moving cars on the motorway.

Worst thing though is that out of my 30 or so journeys 4 of them have had breakdowns. 3 were resolved by the driver calling someone and getting instructions on how to restart the bus.

By far the worst of these was a driver breaking down on a bend in the overtaking lane on the M9 one morning. I thought by law a coach shouldn't even be there?
It felt pretty dangerous sitting there for 15 minutes while articulated trucks undertook us at 100km/ph.

I contacted Dublin Coach on Twitter, Facebook and email about this and they didn't respond.
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I get it occasionally from Dungarvan to Dublin.
It's the best public transport for this route.

The 6.10 one gets to Dublin City Centre around 9.40 every time. 30 mins later than scheduled. That's fine as I know this and expect it.

The 18.10 from Dublin is often 10 or 20 mins late leaving and usually gets to Dungarvan about 30 mins late too.

Many of the drivers seem inexperienced, wreckless or dangerous. I've had them hit roundabouts and kerbs in Waterford City that I've never experienced on hundreds of other bus journeys on the same route. Some of them are constantly driving erratically and braking hard behind slower moving cars on the motorway.

Worst thing though is that out of my 30 or so journeys 4 of them have had breakdowns. 3 were resolved by the driver calling someone and getting instructions on how to restart the bus.

By far the worst of these was a driver breaking down on a bend in the overtaking lane on the M9 one morning. I thought by law a coach shouldn't even be there?
It felt pretty dangerous sitting there for 15 minutes while articulated trucks undertook us at 100km/ph.

I contacted Dublin Coach on Twitter, Facebook and email about this and they didn't respond.
Was that during the roadworks in Killeagh or before/after?
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Was that during the roadworks in Killeagh or before/after?
Sorry - not sure what Killeagh has to do with it?

The only one I've gotten from Dungarvan is the 06:10 one.
It's always been on time coming from Cork if that's why you are asking?
But no traffic at that time of morning would help.

Been getting that one since June of last year.
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Shambles of a service. Used to use m7 'express' from Kildare to town for work a few years ago.
It was always late.
One time the driver was too busy chatting to some girl and drove past our exit on the motorway
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Shambles of a service. Used to use m7 'express' from Kildare to town for work a few years ago.
It was always late.
One time the driver was too busy chatting to some girl and drove past our exit on the motorway
There's one particular 'chatty' driver alright.
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Sorry - not sure what Killeagh has to do with it?

The only one I've gotten from Dungarvan is the 06:10 one.
It's always been on time coming from Cork if that's why you are asking?
But no traffic at that time of morning would help.

Been getting that one since June of last year.
Th Dungarvan to Dublin coach comes from Cork, therefore would have to go through Killeagh.
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Like I said, I've only gotten one coming from Cork in Dungarvan at 6 in the morning so can't comment on the affect of roadworks.

My complaints about lateness are all to do with buses from Dublin to Dungarvan, unaffected by roadworks.
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Like I said, I've only gotten one coming from Cork in Dungarvan at 6 in the morning so can't comment on the affect of roadworks.

My complaints about lateness are all to do with buses from Dublin to Dungarvan, unaffected by roadworks.
Can't really go wrong at that hour of the morning.

Are those cooaches clapped out internally?

Smelly, rattling etc?

I was behind one coming down the quays here in Cork over the weekend, a 2004 Setra, half the rear lights weren't working and thick black smoke coming from it,in the dark.

Why they won't properly invest in the Cork to Dublin Via Waterford/Kilkenny route is beyond me
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My only frequent use of them,was for a few months when I regularly had need to travel from Dundrum - Dublin Airport for a mixture of business and leisure, and whilst the service normally ran on time, some of the vehicles had seats with tray tables that were stuck down on your lap and couldn't be fixed up, seat grabs missing the handle part, and one seat totally missing the covering for its construction on the outside of it.

But the worst experience was one early morning run from Dundrum would have been that buses first duty of the day and the second on the timetable, I waited for just over 10 minutes past the due time at the terminus where the bus started from and there was no sign before I set Halo up to call for a cab which arrived within 5 minutes, no sign of the bus, got in the cab.

As we were going out onto the motorway a plain green minibus went past us at a rapid speed, much faster than the taxi, which turned out was the bus on the Dundrum route, complained to the company via social media and they said they cannot deal with it and to contact them by other way, called them, sorry put it in writing, put it in writing, got nothing back.

Didn't use the service to the airport after that.
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Can't really go wrong at that hour of the morning.

Are those cooaches clapped out internally?

Smelly, rattling etc?

I was behind one coming down the quays here in Cork over the weekend, a 2004 Setra, half the rear lights weren't working and thick black smoke coming from it,in the dark.

Why they won't properly invest in the Cork to Dublin Via Waterford/Kilkenny route is beyond me
I think the fleet as of a couple of months ago according to an enthusiast forum is 31x2004, 3x2005, 3x2008, 1x2010, 4x2012, 11x2014, 5x2016, 5x2017.

However the picture is clouded by the fact that those 2016 vehicles rarely operate scheduled services, there's one liveried for Belfast but three of the other four are used on tour work only, and the 2017 Tourismos are on Belfast only also.

However it is rumoured that they are looking to acquire some ex Shearings 2009 Setra single deck and ex Stagecoach 2009 Vanhool Double Decks which might improve the situation, but noticeable how the Belfast route gets brand new and the others will probably get second hand again.
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