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Translink issue travel advice with launch of enhanced bus timetables from September

From Wednesday 1 September, Translink is introducing enhanced bus services to cater for increased demand with the return of school pupils and leisure travel with the continued easing of restrictions and reopening of hospitality.

The current rail timetable will remain unaltered with some services strengthened where required. These enhancements will mean more capacity for people to make greener, healthier and more active journeys as Northern Ireland takes a further step on the pathway to recovery.

Translink is reaching out to reassure the public of all the safety measures that are in place to ensure services are safe and clean while reminding the public to continue to wear their face covering and follow the wider public health guidance.

Ian Campbell, Translink Director of Service Operations explained:

“We are looking forward to seeing morepeople back on board. Safety is our top priority and wehave introduced a range of measures to ensure our network is cleaner than ever using new technology and anti-viral products that continually kill bacteria and viruses. We also have protective screens on vehicles and in-stations, PPE for staff, new sanitiser dispensers, good ventilation systems and more safety announcements.

“We would also remind everyone to continue to wear a face covering unless exempt, hand sanitise regularly and continue to use cashless payments. We do plan to re-introduce the change facility for passengers buying tickets on board the bus and train from 1 September.

“The public transport network is vital, for the economic, social and environmental well-being of our society. We are already seeing more people take the bus and trainas an easy and positive step towards tackling the climate crisis and ensuring a cleaner, greener and healthier environment for everyone.

“We would like to thank all our passengers for their ongoing support. I would urge everyone to continue to follow the advice and requirements so we can continue to build customer confidence. We’re ready to welcome back more and more customers when they are ready to travel whether connecting to work, education, health, shops, sport or social activities,” Ian concluded.

Passengers are advised to check their specific timetable information in advance on the Translink website or by using Translink’s Journey Planner.


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