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Sinn Féin delegation meets with Translink on proposed cuts to Omagh bus services

Published: 31 March, 2015

Sinn Féin's Pat Doherty led a delegation to meet with Translink on Monday to discuss proposed cuts to bus services in the Omagh area.

Speaking after the meeting Pat Doherty said,

"The meeting with Sean Falls from Translink was very useful as it gave the delegation an opportunity to raise serious concerns regarding a number of bus routes under review in the Omagh area.

"Issues raised included the bus from Omagh to the An Creagan centre which passes through Mountfield and Greencastle, the Sperrin rambler, all in-town bus services and the bus from Omagh to the acute Hospital in Enniskillen. We feel these routes should be protected.

We made a strong case about the need they fulfil in terms of reducing social isolation for the elderly and infirm and there is much concern about the negative impact on those who use this service if its lost, not to mention those drivers who operate the service.

We feel areas of greatest socio-economic disadvantage where more expensive alternative modes of transport are not available to many within the community should be a priority.

The Translink consultation is available online and I would call upon local people to make their feelings known before April 3rd by using the consultation response form which is on the Translink website at http://www.translink.co.uk/servicechanges".