‘Transport cuts will hit rural areas’ – Brady

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Thursday, March 5th, 2015
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Sinn Féin’s Mickey Brady has said that cuts proposed by Transport Minister Danny Kennedy will have a particularly negative impact on rural areas. The Newry & Armagh MLA explained, “Danny Kennedy has proposed a reduction of services for community and rural transport. “The Chief Executive from Translink recently revealed that the company was starting a review and consultation exercise beginning with non-profit making services. Translink have stated that the consultation would be ‘extensive and meaningful’ and will begin next week.” Mickey continued, “Sinn Féin have raised concerns that any reduction of services will leave many communities, particularly in rural areas, isolated. It would also have a disproportionate impact on older and vulnerable people. “This is compounded by the proposed cut to rural transport, which is a lifeline for people in isolated areas to access essential services.” His Newry & Armagh colleague Cathal Boylan MLA echoed these sentiments. “Any decisions relating to future transport needs must be fully rural proofed. It is vital that political representatives and rural stakeholder organisations make a strong case to retain the public transport services currently available in rural areas.”

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