Bus and rail meetings as timetable cuts prepare to bite

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Two public meetings are being held ahead of cost-cutting changes to Translink’s bus and rail services.

The first will deal with rail services and will take place in Portadown Train Station on Tuesday, August 18 from 7–9am; the second, on bus services, will be at Craigavon Civic Centre on Tuesday, August 25, from 10am-12pm.

Translink said the aim of the meeting is to help passengers with planning their journeys. Translink staff will also travel on board local rail services to engage with passengers from August 17.

The changes will begin from August 30 (rail) and September 1 (bus/coach) and are part of Translink’s overall plans to reduce costs due to the reduction in public funding in 2015/16.

They come into effect following the company’s biggest ever public consultation earlier this year and after agreement with trade unions.

Translink’s Ciarán Rogan said the company had worked hard to minimise the impact on frontline services and “had been able to protect the geographic coverage of the network albeit with some reduced frequency on some services”.