Derry bus and train fares frozen until October 2023

Derry Sinn Féin MLA Pádraig Delargy has welcomed news that the freeze on bus and train fares will be extended for another year.

The move has been announced by Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd as a means of not adding to the financial pressures facing people during the current cost of living crisis.

The Foyle MLA said: “I welcome news that infrastructure minister John O’Dowd has extended the freeze on bus and train fares for another year.

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“This will help keep costs down for people, particularly those travelling to work and study during this cost-of-living crisis.”

Foyle Street bus depot (George Sweeney)

Translink have also welcomed the DfI announcement on fare freeze extension.

Chris Conway, Translink Group Chief Executive, said:

“This is good news for our customers at a time when the cost of other everyday expenses has risen sharply.

“Public transport delivers a vital public service to everyone, supporting the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of NI. This will especially support those on the lowest incomes who spend a high proportion of their household income on public transport.

Foyle Street bus station. (George Sweeney)

“We welcome this latest announcement from the Minister, supporting people through the cost of living crisis and encouraging greater use of public transport to address climate change and improve air quality.”

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Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd announced on Monday that public transport fares will remain frozen for another year on the public transport network in light of the ongoing cost of living crisis.

He said: “I am very aware of the pressures facing people across the North with the ongoing cost of living crisis. We are facing into a very challenging winter with many households concerned about rising fuel, energy and food costs.

“As Minister I want to support people where I can. I have therefore taken the decision to freeze fares on our public transport network to reduce the financial burden on passengers on our buses and trains during these difficult times.”

Former Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon announced back in February that fares were to be frozen in recognition of the impact that inflation was having. At the time inflation stood at around 5.5% but earlier this month it was confirmed that it has now risen dramatically to over 10%.