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Transport Minister opens £2.8million Lisburn bus centre

8 September, 2008

Sinn Féin Transport Minister, Conor Murphy, today opened the new £2.8million Lisburn Bus Centre. During his visit he also launched Translink's new Passenger Charter.

The Minister said:

"This investment in a new bus centre is a major asset for public transport in Lisburn and local passengers will benefit from a modern fully accessible station which provides better and more comfortable facilities for all.

"I am committed to improving public transport and my key objective in investing in bus services is to encourage more commuters and other travellers out of the car.

"Substantial investment in bus services between 2003-2007 has resulted in nearly 940 new Translink buses, making it one of the most modern, comfortable and reliable fleets in Europe. In addition between 2008-2011 a further £36million will be invested in buses to ensure these high standards are maintained.

"I would also like to acknowledge the support of the EU Building Sustainable Prosperity Programme which part funded this new facility for the travelling public."

The site is close to the city centre and offers quick access to Bow Street Mall and the surrounding commercial area. A bus lane adjoining the station will increase access and shorten journey times.

The Minister also launched the new Translink Passenger's Charter. The new Passenger's Charter sets out standards and targets for punctuality and reliability, waiting times, standing on buses and trains, complaints procedures and what passengers can expect from Translink staff.

The Minister said:

"The Charter is a statement of Translink's commitment to continuing to improve the high standards of public transport service that passengers expect when using buses and trains throughout the region." ENDS

Notes to Editors:

The new centre's features include a Ticket and Information Office, Refreshment area, improved passenger information, Care and Baby Room, CCTV and Public Toilets.

This project is part-financed by the European Development Fund under Building Sustainable Prosperity Programme.

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