Limavady’s ‘lifeline’ bus service raised at Stormont committee

Limavady town bus service is under review.
Limavady town bus service is under review.

A Stormont committee has agreed to write to the transport minister regarding what one member described as Limavady’s “lifeline” bus service.

Cuts to services in the Roe Valley town are under consideration due to budgetary pressures, but no decision has been made as yet.

On Wednesday, the Assembly’s regional development committee unanimously agreed to write to the Danny Kennedy asking what representations or discussions he has had with Translink relating to their ongoing revision of the town bus service in Limavady.

“The town bus service is a lifeline for people who don’t own or drive cars, but have important journeys to make,” said east Derry MLA John Dallat,

“Those who use the town bus service are often senior citizens and involve trips about health issues to, for example, the health clinic, pharmacy, dentist and opticians.”

Mr Dallat added: “Translink need to be reminded they receive a substantial subsidy which is paid to address public transport in areas where it can never be profitable.

“The very thought of withdrawing this service is further undermining the sense of inequality which people in the North West experience in all kinds of ways.”

A DRD spokesperson said the department is continuing its discussions with Translink “with a view to identifying general efficiencies savings and protecting front line services as far

as possible”.