Public urged to respond to bilingual Derry bus consultation

Mark H Durkan.
Mark H Durkan.

SDLP Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan has urged local people to contribute to new consultation which could lead to bilingual bus destination signage across Derry.

Mr Durkan said the move, to be piloted on the Slievemore service, was very welcome.

He said: “I welcome this initiative by Translink and would encourage people to respond to the consultation.

“It is great to see an organisation recognising and promoting the Irish language and I hope others will follow suit.”

Translink is reviewing the potential to use bilingual destination screens using both English and Irish language on bus destination screens on its Ulsterbus Foyle City Services.

A spokesperson for the company has stated: “Initially we would propose to pilot the initiative on services operating on the Slievemore route. If successful there is potential to roll out to other routes across the City.

“This initiative is a way to celebrate traditional place names in the city and their meaning while also helping to support local tourism through a unique visitor experience.”

To reply to the consultation go to: www.translink.co.uk/bilingualbusscreens.