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Armagh’s town bus service under review again

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Armagh’s town bus service is again in the spotlight as part of a review of services planned by Translink NI.

Three loop routes around the city, which operate from Monday to Saturday, will be subject to a public consultation.

And the Sunday Newry to Armagh service, which also calls at Loughgilly and Markethill, is also under scrutiny, it was announced today (Monday).

A public information event will be held at the Bus Centre in Armagh this Thursday, March 19, from 11am – 1pm.

Translink is inviting the public to tell them how they use local Ulsterbus services to “help plan network changes to be introduced later this year”.

The consultation, it says, will seek to identify what is most important to customers to help Translink best design the bus network to operate within allocated resources while protecting those routes most essential to customers.

The public are invited to provide feedback on the services they use by completing a questionnaire available at local bus stations and public amenities as well as on the Translink website at www.translink.co.uk/servicechanges.

Public information events will also take place in bus stations where passengers can meet local Translink representatives to discuss proposals.

Dates for other sessions will be published in stations, online and available from the Translink contact centre on 028 90 66 66 30.

Ciaran Rogan, Translink Marketing Executive, said: “The information we get from passengers will be very important to us; we want to continue to offer accessible and good value services where customers need them while ensuring we remain efficient and sustainable for the future.

“Over recent years, more and more people are choosing to travel by bus and train. We have remained focussed on reducing costs, enhancing value for money and providing improvements and enhancements to continue to make Translink services attractive.

“In addition to reviewing our network to address the current funding challenges, we are also looking at efficiency savings through reductions in manpower, reorganising facilities, reductions in areas of general administrative expenditure and we also recently increased our fares.

“We would very much urge our passengers to participate in this process and contribute to shaping the future of our local bus services.”

Deadline for responses to this consultation exercise is 3 April 2015.

For further information click www.translink.co.uk/servicechanges or call the Translink contact centre on 028 90 66 66 30.

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