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Free public transport for healthcare workers to be axed from end of this month

It follows a decision just days ago to end the free parking for staff at local hospital sites

The free public transport currently offered to health care workers is to be axed at the end of next month.

The confirmation came from Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon.

And it follows a decision revealed just days ago to axe free parking for health care staff at hospital sites.

The free public transport for workers will, as with parking, now come to an end on August 31.

The Minister said: “In March 2020 at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic I took the decision to make public transport free for all health and social care workers in recognition of the tireless and vital work they undertake day and daily.

“This was a small gesture to those workers who put themselves in the frontline to save lives and look after some of the most vulnerable in our community.

“As we move through the Executive’s Pathway to Recovery, it is essential to continue to review the measures put in place. In line with this, I can confirm that the scheme will be extended to 31 August 2021 after which time normal charging will resume.

“Whilst the scheme was always intended to be temporary, I know this will be disappointing to many. I want to reassure our essential workers that our public transport will continue to be there for you.”

The free travel for health and social care staff will also cease on the Strangford and Rathlin ferry services from 31 August 2021.

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