Consultation on Ballycastle Town Service Bus Timetable

11 05 2013


The future provision of Ballycastle Town bus service – which has proven to be a vital service for young families and the elderly in Ballycastle, is to be the subject of a consultation.

 Translink are encouraging local residents to attend a consultation evening to have their say on the Ballycastle town bus service from May 2013 onwards. The consultation evening will be held on Thursday 16th May at 7.00pm in the offices of Moyle Council.

Councillor Dónal Cunningham urged the local community to come along to the event

“The continuation of the service which connects residential areas with shops and health services will be determined by passenger demand. If you are unable to attend the event on Thursday night make sure to forward your views to Translink, Railway Place Coleraine BT52 1PQ”

Cllr Cunningham said: “The long-term viability of the service will very much depend on passenger usage. Any future time-table must be carefully planned and tailored to meet the needs of the community, so that costs are  justified  and the future of a much appreciated service is secured”

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”.

Government must not allow Translink to continue making losses

30 04 2012

SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has warned of the dangers for Moyle and other rural areas if the Department for Regional Development allows Translink to run into losses.

Recent predictions expect Translink to make a £2million profit this year but a £22million deficit over the following two years.

Councillor Cunningham said: “If we allow Translink to lose such large amounts, the closure and run down of non-profitable rural routes and services will be inevitable.

“Already in Moyle we feel that our public transport is not given sufficient support, this will only worsen if Translink fall into a deficit position.

“Investment in public transport is needed to get people out of cars. Petrol prices are crippling local working families; public transport needs to be a viable and realistic alternative, price increases to bus fares will not help, in fact they will only worsen the situation.”