First bus for Culmore

An Ulsterbus service is to operate in Culmore for the first time, it has been confirmed.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today announced that his Department has approved the new bus route.

Currently the area is served solely by Lough Swilly Railway Company.

“I welcome the news that my department has given approval for this new service which I have no doubt will be warmly received by the people of Culmore - who for years have campaigned for an enhanced bus service,” Mr Durkan said.

“It will bring a regular bus service to a wider area and provide for fuller coverage of the route throughout the day, improving the availability of public transport to the residents.”

Confirmation of the new service has been welcomed in the area.

Sinn Fein councillor Tony Hassan said people in the area are finally getting a “enhanced bus service.”

“The campaign for a bus service have been going on for as long as I have been in Derry City Council and I would like to take this opportunity to commend all those who lobbied and campaigned for this over many years,” he said.

SDLP councillor Angela Dobbins said the Lough Swilly licence had proved restrictive to any new service.

“This is an issue myself and Colum Eastwood have been persuing for a number of years now however found ourselves restricted by a license already held by Lough Swilly.

“This license prohibited any other public transport provider servicing the Culmore area. As residents will know the existing timetable does not adequately facilitate the needs of the ever increasing Culmore population who have continuously expressed their frustration.”

She said the service will “help create more employment as the two companies will complement each other to encourage greater and greener use of public transport within our city.”

It is understood there will be five services from Foyle St to Culmore Point departing 10.00, 12noon, 14.30,&18.15 and from Culmore Point to Foyle St six services departing 7.30, 9.30, 10.30, 12.30, 14.00 &16.00.