Galway Bay fm newsroom:
A report has argued the future operation of up to 135 private bus and coach operators in Galway is under threat.
The Coach Tourism & Transport Council of Ireland has called on the Government to provide a bailout for the pandemic ravaged sector as it warns the survival of its members, is uncertain.
The prognosis is based on the outcome of a detailed report by economist Jim Power.
The analysis found COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on the main areas of activity of the private bus and coach industry since March.
It reveals turnover has declined by 95% which equates to a €586 million loss.
It’s also stated that regional and rural economies are disproportionately affected as bus and coach operators provide significant regional employment.