New housing developments on the Skeoge Bypass will soon have their own dedicated bus service.
Shantallow Sinn Féin councillor has welcomed news from Translink that a new bus service for the recently built Glenabbey housing development will begin in the next few weeks.
Colr. Hassan said residents of the development will welcome the news as they have had been calling for bus services to be extended to their area.
The councillor also said the service will become increasingly more necessary with further development planned in the area.
“This is welcome news for local residents who live in developments along the Skeoge Bypass.
“I have been lobbying for some time now to have this service introduced as this is an area where there will be a lot of growth in the next five to ten years and getting a bus service in there was crucial,” he said.
Colr. Hassan said the service will be particularly welcomed by parents with young children who do not have access to other forms of transport.
“The bus new service will make life more comfortable for those residents of the area who depend on public transport to get around,” he said.
The Shantallow Colr. said he will now lobby Derry City Council to build a bus shelter in the area to facilitate the new route.
“I have also contacted Derry City Council and requested a bus shelter at the entrance of Glenabbey. The atrocious weather conditions this week have shown the need for a bus shelter there.
“The new bus service and shelter will also benefit the youth of the area and school children who have to stand out in the open in all weathers waiting for school buses,” he said.
Colr. Hassan also thanked everyone involved in helping to secure the new service. “I would also like to thank all those involved in the process that has made this service happen Translink, landowners, Braidwater Developments and Fold housing Association,” he said.