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Retention of An Creagán Bus Service essential - McNally

Published: 16 March, 2015

Sinn Féin councillor Barry McNally has called upon local people in the Mid Tyrone area to respond to a consultation launched by Translink which proposes cutting the bus service from Omagh to the An Creagán visitor Centre in Creggan. As well as affecting the An Creagán Centre it will also have an impact on the pick up/drop off points in Mountfield and Greencastle.

Speaking on the issue Cllr McNally said:

"I would appeal to local people to respond to the consultation by Translink and demonstrate their opposition to this move. The An Creagán Centre is a hub of the local community and is popular with local people and visitors alike. Situated in an area with a strong community ethos and involved in continuous development, it is a hidden gem in terms of the Mid Tyrone and Sperrins region. The centre organises and hosts many different events, exhibitions and educational courses which benefit the local community greatly. Additionally it has self catering accommodation facilities and also has a number of nature trails and is a popular spot for walkers taking advantage of the outstanding natural beauty of the area. The retention of the bus service is essential to keeping all of this thriving, providing a link for visitors, particularly during the summer months from Omagh Town to the An Creagán Centre.

"I would also share concerns of my council colleagues Sean Clarke and Anne Marie Fitzgerald regarding the impact the removal of this service will have for the residents of Mountfield and Greencastle. I will be making these points to Translink at the Public engagement on Friday 27th March in Omagh Bus Centre when the plans will be the subject of a public information session, beginning at 10am. I would urge local people to come along to this event and have their say. It is often local people who know best in matters such as these."CRÍOCH