Dungannon MLA meets Translink over concerns elderly will be stranded by cuts

Translink and politicians meet
Translink and politicians meet

Dungannon Sinn Fein MLA Bronwyn McGahan met with Translink on Friday to discuss changes to the urban service that she says will leave the elderly and inform stranded in the town’s housing estates.

She was joined at the meeting by Sinn Fein councillor Ronan McGinley who was raising concerns about service cuts in the loughshore area.

Both politicians have called on Translink to review recent changes to bus timetables across Mid Ulster.

Ms McGahan said: “I have been informed that Translink intend to change the type of bus used in the urban service around Dungannon which will result in buses being unable to drive into the heart of estates.

“The intention to limit buses to the entrance of housing estates due to the size of the bus will result in many people especially the elderly and infirm being unable to avail of the service as they will be unable to walk the distance to the new proposed bus stops.

“Not only will it limit access to buses but with more people congregated at one place there will be less shelter especially in times of inclement weather.

Councillor Ronan McGinley added: “I am happy Translink have agreed to look at the recent consultation in relation to the services around the loughshore area.

“Translink outlined the changes were about reduction rather than removal of services but I am still concerned this will leave a void for local residents.

“My understanding is that at present there are only two services for the loughshore area, one in the morning and one in the evening and I raised this with the officials from Translink.

“I welcome the fact they are reviewing the timetable and are open to reinstating a lunchtime service in the near future.

“I will continue to work with Translink to ensure the best service possible for the local community.”