Hazzard welcomes Translink Wi-Fi rollout

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Saturday, August 4th, 2012
South Down MLA Chris Hazzard has welcomed recent news that Translink is to offer Wi-Fi connectivity for local passengers. In a reply to an Assembly Question put to the Department by the local Sinn Féin MLA, Minister Danny Kennedy confirmed that Wi-Fi would be operational on all Goldline and cross-border services by October 2012. Speaking to Newry Times, Hazzard said; “This is a very positive step by the Department for Regional Development (DRD), and they should be congratulated for taking such an approach to upgrading these popular services. As the cost of running a car continues to rise, it is becoming increasingly pertinent that we have access to a modern public transport system.” “The introduction of Wi-Fi to Goldline services in particular will hopefully encourage local people to use public transport more often in the future. With our roads to Belfast choked each day with people travelling to and from work, I hope that people will now be encouraged to use the bus service safe in the knowledge that they can sit back in comfort and enjoy free Wi-Fi connectivity on their laptop or mobile device.” The South Down MLA added, “I will be meeting with both Translink and Down District Council in the weeks ahead to see what can be done to promote this service locally and help persuade people to leave the car at home more often.”
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