Lot 1: Call Management Services.
The Contracting Authority now proposes to provide an 1 850 telephone number available for all customer care issues. This call centre will handle calls between 7:00 and 19:00 Monday to Friday and between 8:00 and 18:00 Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, for 364 days per year. No service required on Christmas Day.
— answering all queries relating to all aspects of Bus Éireann’s business — Expressway, PSO, Eurolines, Day Tours, Events, School Transport, etc., béClub customer loyalty programme, online promotions through ‘Phone and Webchat,
— ensure there is available at all times a staff member proficient in the Irish language who will engage with those customers who wish to communicate through the medium of Irish,
— provision of information on all aspects of the network including service frequencies, travel time between main stops, time of first and last services on a route, location of stops, connections to local rail or Luas services, etc.,
— provision of information on fare zones, tickets, Leap Cards, means of purchase and payment for all ticket types and location of ticket agents,
— in the event of service disruptions, advising customers of any delay to service, the reason for the delay, the likely duration of the incident, and alternative travel options if applicable,
— arranging assistance for customers with disabilities or special needs,
— dealing with ticket refunds,
— handling public complaints and direct appropriately,
— dealing with lost property enquiries and direct appropriately.
The above list is not an exhaustive list, and additional requirements may be added during the life time of the contract.
The National Contact Centre will be managed by Bus Éireann’s Customer Care Manager who will receive weekly and monthly statistical reports on key metrics, e.g., but not limited to, types of calls received, volumes of calls received, response time, average waiting time, categorisation of queries/comments.