Why I’ve given up on car and travel by train

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Portadown woman Louise Robinson is taking advantage of Translink’s new campaign that highlights how using the bus and train can give you a better lifestyle.

The Life’s Better campaign highlights the benefits that public transport has to offer. Recent statistics showed that many more people used the Portadown to Belfast line during 2013.

The campaign encourages Translink passengers from across Northern Ireland to sign up to become an ambassador and share their experiences about using public transport amongst their colleagues, peers, friends and family.

Louise is an operations assistant with Shine Productions/The Limelight Belfast and she travels using the NI Railways mLink 3 Day Flexi service from Portadown to Great Victoria Street.

She said, “Getting the train is the best time and most cost efficient model for me to get to Belfast and back home to my kids before they go to bed. The delays, stress and danger on the roads would make the whole driving experience very unpleasant and unpredictable. I also use the journey time to plan my day.”

Gerard McAtarsney, NI Railways Route Manager commented, “This is a really exciting initiative, it follows a range of service enhancements which have already attracted many more new people to give our services a try - over 1.5 million more last year.

“Our customers regularly tell us the reasons they prefer using the bus and train – it gives them more time to relax free from the stress of driving in traffic, more time to catch up on work or social activities making use of free wifi on board trains and coaches, reduced journey times, as well as money savings compared to paying for fuel, parking and car maintenance costs – these are just some of the more popular ones – there are many more!”

Passengers can sign up to become an ambassador online at www.translink.co.uk/lifesbetter; call 028 9066 6630 or complete the collateral which is available across bus and rail stations.