Rural Transport Fund Voucher Scheme

1 02 2013

Rural Transport Fund

The Rural Transport Fund is pleased to announce the release of application packs for their Voucher Scheme in your area. These will cater for trips being made during the months of April, May and June 2013. The scheme allows groups to apply for a £100 voucher for one trip which they can use to subsidise part of their transport costs. These trips will be provided by an approved list of transport operators which will be enclosed within the application pack.

Applications are open to groups in all rural areas.

Groups are eligible to apply to the scheme if;
• They are formally constituted
• They are non-profit making.
• They are based in a rural area, or the majority / total membership of the group are rural dwellers
• They have 17 or more people travelling
Further details on eligibility can be found in the RTF Voucher Scheme’s Terms and Conditions for Applicants, which is issued in the Application Pack.

If successful the scheme will provide £100 towards the cost of your transport.

To request an application pack please contact Melanie Parker or Geraldine Finnegan:

Address: DRD Rural Transport Fund, Room 3-29 Clarence Court, 10-18 Adelaide Street, Belfast, BT2 8GB
Telephone: 02890 540620
Fax: 02890 540662
Email: or


28th February 2013

Minor changes to Bus timetables would provide an much improved service

27 10 2012

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has said that some minor changes to bus timetables could provide an much improved service to Ballycastle.
“A particular example would be to amend 131 service to and from Ballymena so that it links with the 218 Goldline express service to Belfast”.

Cunningham slams lack of consultation on school bus changes

17 10 2011

Speaking after having been contacted by a number of parents, Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham slammed Translink for the lack of consultation for timetable and route changes introduced on the Ballycastle to Loreto College Coleraine service.

“Pupils were simply handed a note on the Friday afternoon announcing route and timetable changes to take effect on the Monday morning. This is simply not good enough”

“On the first day of operation the service operated ten minutes before the time notified, which indicates an error somewhere in the system”

“The resultant increased volume of parking at the Altananam bus stop is dangerous, and  is evidence of a  poorly thought out change ”