NTA cites risks that could put brakes on BusConnects scheme

Delivery of bigger, better and cleaner urban public transport systems under threat from issues including planning hurdles and financial uncertainty

Dublin Bus CEO Ray Coyne, Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan TD and NTA CEO Anne Graham at the launch of the first phase of the BusConnects network in 2021. Picture: Maxwells

A series of high-level risks are threatening the delivery of the BusConnects programme, including planning delays, legal challenges, delays to electric charging points, inflation and driver recruitment problems, according to documents seen by the Business Post.

It comes after Eamon Ryan, the Minister for Transport, said last month that the delivery of BusConnects to date had been “painfully slow” due to wider issues with the planning system.

BusConnects is the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) plan ...