The latest issue of Buses magazine has popped through my door, and it mentions a possible crisis at Bus Eireann. Trade unions are considering an indefinite strike, over plans to make cuts in various areas, most notably the Expressway network. The acting chief executive has warned the company could face insolvency within 18 months, having made a loss of £5.1million last year. One key aspect of the problems is that the expressway network now faces competition, since the long distance market was opened up to competition; Citylink and Aircoach are the main rivals now. The strike is scheduled to begin on 20th February, and unions have threatened to extend it to fellow CIE group companies Dublin Bus and Irish Rail. Just how sustainable is the expressway network, and indeed, just how sustainable is Bus Eireann? Also, What implications could the planned cuts have on both Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus?