Bus service under cloud

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Ballymena is likely to face a significant reduction in town bus services as financial cuts begin to take their toll.

However, local public transport users, can count themselves relatively lucky. While Ballymena is facing ‘reductions’ some towns in Northern Ireland are facing up to the prospect of having their service axed completely.

A Translink spokesperson said: “As a consequence of the potential reduction in funding of £15 million (20%) Translink was requested to consider the measures that would need to be taken and the associated impacts. The draft document highlights that town bus services are under threat as a result of the proposed reduction in funding.

“The withdrawal or reduction of services would focus on routes which are less used. No decisions have been taken and we note that the budget is still draft and at the consultation stage. We await the outcome of the process and the final implications on funding before any decisions are taken.”