Newry Councillor calls for Translink to consider evening bus service

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
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Newry, Mourne and Down Sinn Féin Councillor Liz Kimmins has confirmed that after representations from local residents of the Kilnasaggart area, both she and her Colleague Megan Fearon MLA have requested Translink give consideration for an evening service to alleviate the difficulties faced by the local community.

The local Councillor explained, “Following concerns raised by the local community and regular users of the 43a service from Newry to Kilnasaggart that the last service leaving Newry to this stop is at 1 pm, which is very inconvenient for many people living in this area.

 

 

“The last Bus Service on the 43a route from Newry to Kilnasaggart leaves Newry at 1 pm. This really does not suit those locals availing of the Service and causes major inconveniences.”

The Sinn Féin representative continued, “Rural services are extremely important and are essential to combat social exclusion, particularly for older people in rural communities.

“Buses enable non-drivers and non-vehicle owners from rural communities to access jobs, shops, education, training and services in the city centre, and the lack of service on this particular route is causing great difficulties for many.”

 

 

“I have been informed that some older people have used other bus services to Forkhill which run at later times of the day, but then have to walk at least 30 minutes to get to their homes from the closest stop. This is simply not acceptable, especially in the dark evenings, and many roads in rural areas do not have the luxury of footpaths and appropriate safety measures for pedestrians.”

Councillor Kimmins added, “My colleague Megan Fearon MLA and I have been in contact with Translink to relay on these concerns and have requested Translink give consideration for an evening service to alleviate the difficulties faced by the local community.”

 

 


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