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Translink fare review welcome news – McCartney

15 March, 2007


Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney commenting on Translinks review of fare prices, has said that he welcomes the relatively unchanged pricing review and hoped that the current public passenger trends continue to alleviate over reliance on the car.

Mr. McCartney said:

"Translink realise that cost is a huge factor in accessing public transport. The reduction of rail travel after 9.30am is a sign of this. Translink know the central role they play as the leading public transport provider here. Sinn Féin wants more sustainable and viable travel options and Translink must obviously respond to this by taking on board what the passenger trends are telling them. Hopefully the coming weeks will allow us to deal with key issues such as Transport, so that the restored Assembly can develop a Programme for Government to deliver improved accessibility, flexibility and affordable public transport for everyone."

The MLA for Foyle, who is also the Party Regional Development spokesperson added that with such news underpins the huge need to upgrade our transport infrastructure to the level enjoyed by the 26 Counties and other European and International standards.

"The reduction and offer for rail passengers will only be as good as the rail network can offer. At the moment the service between Derry and Belfast and indeed other parts is nowhere near the level of service viable or reasonable in this day and age. The entire North West region enjoys no rail service whatever. So there remains much work for us to do in the time ahead, let us seize the golden opportunity now to build our transport system for future generations." ENDS

Details of Fares Revision

Metro
No changes to fares
All, single, day tickets, weekly and monthly tickets remain the same

Ulsterbus
The maximum increase to any Ulsterbus fare will be 20 pence while the maximum reduction will be £3.00

New Ulsterbus day tickets are now available throughout a number of towns and cities across NI. They are available on the following services.

  • Ulsterbus Foyle City Services
  • Strabane Town Service
  • Limavady Town Service
  • Coleraine Town Service
  • Dungannon Town Service
  • Enniskillen Town Service
  • Omagh Town Service
  • Lurgan Town Service
  • Banbridge Town Service
  • Armagh City Service
  • Newry City Service

Smartcards are also available on Ulsterbus services which allow regular passengers to make savings.

Day return tickets having a single ticket value of £5.00 purchased between 9.30am and 3.00pm Monday-Thursday and Saturday will be reduced by 33per cent. All fares with the single value of £3.60 or more up to £5.00 would have their return fares capped at £6.00.

NIR

  • The maximum increase to any single rail fare will be 60 pence while the maximum reduction will be £3.00.
  • 16% of day returns will be changed, with a maximum increase of 6 per cent being applied and the maximum reduction of 10 per cent. The number of fares being increased is slightly less than the number being decreased.
  • No increases on weekly or monthly tickets
  • A 1/3 off Off-Peak Day Return fare will be introduced. This fare would become available after 9.30am on all services Monday - Sunday.

Enterprise Fares - no increases.

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