Dáil’s spending watchdog concerned over BusConnects expenditure

Public Accounts Committee questions the transport authority’s ability to keep plan to overhaul bus networks within budget

The NTA plans to begin issuing compulsory purchase orders for private land to allow for the widening of bus corridors. Picture: Getty

The Dáil’s spending watchdog has criticised a lack of transparency around the National Transport Authority’s expenditure on its landmark BusConnects project as the authority gears up for legal battles with landowners.

A recent report published by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said that no review of the plan to overhaul bus networks in major cities had taken place, and called into question the authority’s ability to keep its projects within budget.

Paul McAuliffe, the Fianna Fáil TD who sits on the PAC, told the Business Post he is concerned that the capital costs associated with BusConnects could increase as the project, which has so far cost €275 million, rolls out.