The Chief Executive of the National Transport Authority has said there will be no price difference between Dublin Bus and the new Go Ahead bus services.

The Go Ahead buses, run by a British company, are the first privately operated Public Service Obligation bus service.

It will begin a number of services in Dublin over the coming months.

A total of 24 bus routes - 10% of the total - will be operated by the company.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Anne Graham said that commuters will be able to use Leap cards, annual tickets, tax saver tickets and the free travel pass on the new buses.

She said that buses would look slightly different and there would be new bus stop poles and information for the Go Ahead buses.

The services will share some bus stops with Dublin Bus, but there will also be new bus stops.

Go Ahead will take over a number of Dublin Bus services over the coming months.

The first route that came into service was the new 175 route from Citywest to UCD.

The remaining 23 routes will be introduced from now until January.

Ms Graham said this means that Dublin Bus staff will be freed up so other services could be extended and Dublin commuters would see an increase of 10% in services.

She said Go Ahead would be paid to deliver a service but the NTA would retain the fares.

She said pay and conditions for new Go Ahead workers would be decided by their employer, but if a Dublin Bus driver decided to transfer to Go Ahead then their current pay and conditions would transfer to the new operator.

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