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Translink additional services welcome - Lynch
Published: 7 October, 2015
Sinn Féin Councillor and Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Thomas O'Reilly, has welcomed a change to the Translink service between Clones and Enniskillen when he and Seán Lynch MLA, met with Service Delivery Manager for Translink, Seán Falls.
The new route, a daily service in each direction, will now take in Wattlebridge. However, Councillor O'Reilly and Mr Lynch also voiced their strong objections to any further reductions on this route and have called on Translink to ensure the rural communities of Fermanagh are protected in any further round of funding reductions from Translink.
Following the meeting with Seán Falls, Councillor O'Reilly said
"This route is a momentous change, putting a public bus service on this route for the first time. It is vital that people support and use this route; a service giving rural people, living in Wattlebridge, access to services in Enniskillen and it is essential for those living in social isolation. The senior members of our community, who are entitled to free travel, will benefit from this immensely."
Councillor O'Reilly added,
"The new route, which leaves Clones at 10.05am and reaches Enniskillen at 11.05am returns again at 12.55am. Although this does not allow users of the service a huge amount of time in town it is a positive move and I have asked Translink to look at this again so that the bus could return at a later time."
Seán Lynch, MLA also welcomed a new daily service between Roslea and Enniskillen, describing it as "perfect for commuters to the county town."
The new service leaves Roslea at 7.35am, arriving in Enniskillen at 8.30am and returns at 5.05pm in the evening, arriving in Roslea at 6pm.
Vice-Chair of the Regional Development Committee, Mr Lynch, added,
"Following proposals to withdraw this service completely, I lobbied the Department of Regional Development (DRD) asking for an increase in rural services in order to relieve traffic congestion around the county and also to provide a more sustainable means of travel."
Both Councillor O'Reilly and Mr Lynch, MLA, praised the joint efforts of Translink and the Oak Healthy Living Centre, who were keen to maintain and improve service provision order to help combat social isolation.
Mr. Lynch, MLA added,
"The services are now in place so it is important that people support it. We also thank Translink for the recent improvements on the 261 Enniskillen to Belfast Route which gives commuters a seamless journey between Enniskillen and Belfast.
"However we feel it is important that Translink reinstates the bus link to Bundoran to facilitate the travel of huge numbers of people from East Fermanagh to the popular seaside resort. Myself, Councillor O'Reilly and our party colleagues will continue to lobby Translink to ensure the public transport network connects and serves the people of Fermanagh." ENDS
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