Translink drivers brave the snow as services resume

The Diamond pictured from Austins rooftop. DER0215MC037
The Diamond pictured from Austins rooftop. DER0215MC037

Bus services across Derry and Limavady have resumed on a limited basis, Translink have now confirmed.

The first coach services on the 212 Derry and Belfast in almost 24 hours have taken off from Foyle Street this morning.

Translink stalled all their bus and coach services yesterday afternoon as the snows continued to wreak havoc on roads across the north west.

Local bus services however have also been gradually introduced throughout the morning, although Translink officials have stressed that the situation is being continually monitored, and that not all areas can be reached.

Speaking about the local bus services around Derry, a spokeswoman said: “Main routes will be serviced on most routes, although due to compacted ice in some estates it will not be possible to access these areas.”

The X4 and 274 Derry to Dublin buses left the station at 10am and 11.30am today as scheduled.

The 234 to Coleraine via Limavady also departed at 10.30am, while 212 coaches to Belfast also managed to take off at 10am and 11am.

Return journeys from Belfast to Derry are not expected to get back to normal until early afternoon.

Limavady bus services were due to resume as normal at 10am.

In an update to the Journal this afternoon, Transport NI said that there continuing to grit, servicing all main routes overnight.

They also revealed that fallen trees closed the Curryfree Road and Bonds Glen Road last night for a time.

Meanwhile in Derry the Council Amenity Sites at Pennyburn and Strathfoyle have just reopened. A spokeswoman for Derry City Council said: “Members of the public are urged to take extreme care when accessing the sites due to the ongoing weather conditions.

“Sites at Rossdowney and the Brandywell remain closed but will reopen later today.”