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Bus Éireann warns routes could be cancelled as Waterford staff absent over Covid

The weekend routes may be most impacted, Bus Éireann said.

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BUS ÉIREANN HAS said it is experiencing a high number of Covid-19-related illness among its Waterford staff, and has warned some routes face cancellation as a result.  

It is understood that 18 drivers are currently out of work, either by being a confirmed case or through self-isolation measures. 

The weekend routes may be most impacted, according to Bus Éireann.

A statement from the company cited Waterford’s position as having the sixth highest 14-day incidence rate of the virus in the country, with 1,672 Covid cases confirmed in Waterford in the last fortnight.

It went on: “Bus Éireann is also experiencing a higher than usual level of Covid-related absences in Waterford, whether confirmed cases or through necessary self-isolation.”

 ”We are working hard to manage services to try to minimise impact on customers, but it is possible that some services may be affected or cancelled as a result of staff absences.”

Last February, Bus Éireann cancelled a number of routes in Waterford due to the spread of cases among its staff.

Over 20 staff were understood to have been self-isolating at the time.

The company said it is taking every possible precaution and has introduced antigen testing for employees on site, on a voluntary basis.

A spokesperson confirmed that the advisory issued on Thursday afternoon for Waterford is the only one released during the current wave, with no other cities and counties seeing a high number of Covid-related absences. 

It advised customers to check before travel over the coming weekend at buseireann.ie and expressway.ie.

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