Dismay as rural bus service faces axe

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Translink have confirmed that the bus service from Annaghmore to Portadown may be withdrawn.

The news comes after pensioners were told a fortnight ago that Translink would no longer run the 67B service between Tullyroan Corner and the town’s High Street.

One resident has launched a petition to retain the service, out of concern for pensioners who depend on the bus to run vital errands.

“I started a petition and have gathered support through word of mouth,” Ms Murray said.

“After contacting Translink, I received a ‘Bus Services Consultation’ form, which a friend and I have filled out, explaining the importance of the service to locals here. Pensioners take that bus to attend appointments with their doctor, dentist, optician, etc; without that service, they’d be left stranded.”

Translink held a consultation meeting in the Civic Centre last Thursday. However, those most affected by the proposed changes were unable to attend - because the 67B service only runs on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

A spokesperson for Translink commented on the ongoing consultation on Ulsterbus services, saying the consultation period has been extended until the end of April.

He added, “The consultation forms part of the overall decision making process in terms of the future of services and impacts are expected to be publicly known by the beginning of June.”

Add your voice to the consultation at: www.translink.co.uk/servicechanges