Translink cutbacks to rail, bus services now ‘being finalised’


Translink has confirmed that it is currently finalsing revamped timetables after confirmation that some services are to be stripped back.

Translink announced last week that the bus and train service changes will be introduced from September due to tighter budgets.

Translink, Unite Trade Union and the Minister Danny Kennedy have now agreed on a way forwrd.

Translink Group Chief Executive David Strahan said: “We are operating in a challenging fiscal environment where the public funding we receive has been reduced significantly.

“There will be no compulsory redundancies for front line staff.

“These forthcoming service changes are just part of our overall plans to reduce our costs.

“We have worked hard to minimize the impact of the reduced funding on front line services and have been able to protect the geographic coverage of the network albeit with some reduced frequency on some services.”

When asked about the likely impact on the North West, a spokesperson for Translink said: “We are currently finalising timetables and schedules for the service changes due to be implemented on September 1.

“ We will be releasing full details on amendments to services in the coming weeks.”