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Monday, June 22, 2009
Dublin Bus Defends Massive Transport Delays at Oasis Gig
Concert promoters MCD tonight insisted the 80,000 capacity was not breached at this year’s Slane Castle gig.
Disgruntled fans flooded internet message boards and radio phone-ins complaining about massive transport delays, hour-long queues and alleged overcrowding at the Oasis headlined concert.
MCD accepted there were delays going into the venue as almost a quarter of concert-goers arrived on Dublin Bus.
But the firm said: “Overall the 80,000 fans who attended were extremely well behaved however there will always be a small number of individuals who engage in anti-social behaviour which is totally unacceptable.
“Attendance and capacity for the event was 80,000 which has been the capacity for standing concerts at the venue for the last 20 years.”
MCD spokesman Justin Green added: “We would maintain that there were 80,000 people in the venue.
“Safety is paramount.”
Gardaí, Dublin Bus, MCD, Slane owner Lord Henry Mountcharles and officials in Meath will review the weekend concert over the coming weeks.
Unhappy fans have been asked to complain directly to MCD at contactmcd.ie.
Meanwhile, Dublin Bus said it carried about 20,000 people to and from Slane this year.
Some 200 buses were parked up on the N2 south of the Boyne and up to 60 more were held back in Navan to be called in if needed at the end of the concert.
In a statement, the company said it had more than enough buses to cater for the numbers who wished to travel.
“Dublin Bus was one of many bus operators operating public transport services to and from Slane,” a spokeswoman said.
“The transport arrangements for buses were deployed in line with the pre-arranged traffic management plan for the area.
“Some of these buses were unfortunately delayed en route to the city due to traffic volumes.”
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