Minister Conor Murphy cuts a ribbon of bus
tickets, held by Catherine Mason, Translink
chief executive, and Mayor of Lisburn City
Ronnie Crawford, to open the new Lisburn Bus
TRANSPORT Minister Conor Murphy told Monday's official opening
of Lisburn's new £2.8 millions state of the art Bus Centre he is
keen to 'encourage commuters and other travellers out of their
The Minister who said this was a key objective' of his
investment in bus services also stressed he was 'committed to
improving public transport'.
Mr. Murphy described the new Lisburn facility as 'a major asset'
and said local passengers would now benefit from 'a modern fully
accessible station providing better and more comfortable
facilities for all'.
The four year period 2003 to 2007, he said, had resulted in
nearly 940 new Translink buses giving the company "one of the
most modern, comfortable and reliable fleets in Europe.
"In addition between 2008 and 2011 a further £36 million will be
invested in buses to ensure these high standards are
the Minister continued. "I would also like to acknowledge the
support of the EU Building Sustainable Prosperity Programme
which part funded this new facility for the travelling public."
Mr. Murphy also took the opportunity provided by the opening
ceremony to launch the new Translink Passenger's Charter.
This sets out standards and targets for punctuality and
reliability, waiting times, standing on buses and trains,
complaints procedures and what passengers can expect from
Translink staff. The Minister added: "The Charter is a statement
of Translink's commitment to continuing to improve the high
standards of public transport service that passengers expect
when using buses and trains throughout the region."
The new Bus Centre includes a ticket and information office,
refreshment area, improved passenger information, a care and
baby room, CCTV and public toilets. Situated at the corner of
Smithfield and Market Place it offers quick access to Bow Street
Mall and the surrounding commercial area.Translink also says a
new bus lane will increase access to the Bus Centre and shorten
Mayor pays tribute to former
councillor Fallon's 'pet project'
THE Mayor paid a warm tribute to former
Councillor Ned Falloon who 'adopted the new Bus Centre as his
pet project' during its official opening on Monday. Councillor
Ronnie Crawford said Mr. Falloon had been 'committed' to the
scheme ever since the demolition of the swimming pool on the
site of what is now Lisburn Square. "I am sure he too is
delighted with the Bus Centre's visual quality and impact," the
Mr. Crawford said he hoped the new facility
would boost the economy by bringing visitors from all over
Northern Ireland to avail of the 'wide range of retail
opportunities' on offer.
He described public transport as the 'cardio
vascular system' of the province and added there was a need for
a 'fast, efficient and economic', network.
The Mayor said he appreciated increasing oil
prices were forcing fares up but added he felt now was 'the most
propitious time' to reduce them as loss of revenue would be more
than compensated by additional travellers, given the demand for
a drop in greenhouse gases and the number of cars on the road.
On a lighter note Mr. Crawford said he had been
one of the first callers at the Bus Centre, leaving in his
application for the 60+ Smartpass.