Bus Éireann is to receive €50m to fund a fleet of 116 new vehicles

The new vehicles will include 82-seater, double-deck commuter coaches and 78-seater, double-deck buses, with features including extra legroom, power sockets, free WiFi, and monitors with Real-Time-Passenger Information.

Most of the new vehicles are entering service in the first and second quarters of this year, however, 57 of the buses went into service in 2015.

Some of the new fleet will soon enter service in Cork, Limerick and Galway, and others recently went into operation on commuter services in the Greater Dublin Area.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe made the announcement, with his department providing the funding via the National Transport Authority.

37.8m passenger trips were made on all Bus Éireann city and stage carriage services in 2015, up 700,000 on the previous year.

Over 500,000 extra journeys were made on subsidised Public Service Obligation services last year, while over 200, 000 extra trips were made on commercial and other services.