Casey meets Translink Management regarding Newry service reduction concerns

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Monday, August 10th, 2015
Community, Politics
Sinn Féin councillor Charlie Casey has met with Translink manager in Newry, Greg McLaughlin regarding some concerns by local people in terms of a proposed reduction to some services.
Cllr Charlie Casey and Translink manager in Newry Greg McLaughlin

Cllr Charlie Casey and Translink manager in Newry Greg McLaughlin

Speaking about the meeting Cllr Casey said; “A number of people contacted me in recent days after hearing that local services were facing reduced services. “I arranged a meeting today, Monday 10th August, to meet with the manager Mr McLaughlin. He took me through the proposed cuts and which services would be affected. “According to Mr McLaughlin £13 million has been taken from the Translink budget in the North for the coming year. These cuts from Westminster are slowly but surely affecting everyone and here we have a clear example of that,” Casey explained. “In fairness to Translink in Newry they have studied their services thoroughly and the proposed cuts are at times within the schedule which will have the least effect on customers, especially elderly people.” The cuts, which are due to take place on 1st September, are for the following services;
  • The 338C service which runs from Carrivemaclone through to Doran’s Hill and over the Altnaveigh will lose two services; 08.40am service and 12.40pm service.
  • The 338 service which takes in Carnbane Gardens, Fairfield Heights and Drumgullion on the Armagh Road for which two services will go the 11.45am and 3.45pm.
“Whilst this is sad news I am assured that the other services that remain are the most used ones and the point was made that this is a reduction in services and not a withdrawal of services. Casey added, “It is vitally important that local residents avail of these services as much as possible to ensure that the excuse that the services are underused is not an option for the service providers.”
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