Revised timetables for Irish Rail, Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus come into effect next week.

Public Transport is to be scaled back to about 80% of normal capacity to manage the spread of Covid-19.

Revised timetables for Irish Rail, Bus Eireann, Dublin Bus and Go Ahead will come into effect next week.

Speaking at a press briefing this morning, Deputy Assistant Secretary General at the Department of Taoiseach, Elizabeth Canavan, said public transport is important to ensure employees can get to work, but that changes are needed “in response to social distancing requirements and the level of service demand”.

“Under the revised timetables, services will run at approximately 80% of current levels. While passenger numbers on public transport services are down, there are some services that will continue to have heavier loading and this could potentially lead to issues with social distancing requirements,” Canavan said.

She added that, “additional vehicles will be provided for services where there is a greater demand, which will address those physical distancing concerns”.

Dermot O’Leary, from the National Bus and Rail Union, welcomes scaling back of public transport.

But he maintains that it’s vital services aren’t cancelled completely.