There will be 'no price difference' between Dublin Bus and new Go Ahead bus service 8 months ago

There will be 'no price difference' between Dublin Bus and new Go Ahead bus service

There will be no price difference between Dublin Bus and the new Go Ahead bus service.

The National Transport Authority has said that bus fares between both services will remain the same despite the new service being privately owned by a British company.

The Go Ahead buses launched their first route over the weekend, the number 175 serving UCD to Citywest.

The company will be taking over 24 bus routes in the city (10 percent) over the next few months.

Chief Executive Officer of the National Transport Authority, Anne Graham, has urged passengers not to worry about travel costs as there will be "no difference" between the services.

Speaking on RTE's Morning Ireland today, she said that passengers can still use Leap cards, tax saver cards, free travel passes, and annual tickets on the Go Ahead buses.

The new buses look different to the classic Dublin Bus, being blue and green in colour, and they will serve new bus stops along the selected routes.

Go Ahead buses will share some stops with Dublin Bus but there will be new poles and information available for the privately owned fleet.

Graham said that the move should "free up" Dublin Bus to increase their own services.

The takeover will continue over the coming months.

You can read more about the bus routes affected here.

Feature image via Go Ahead Twitter.