Mayor has accused Translink of 'intransigence' in its attitude
towards the transportation needs of the second largest city in
Councillor Ronnie Crawford, who said a Translink
representative was to be asked to attend a council meeting to
discuss the matter, highlighted two issues which he felt
demonstrated Lisburn was receiving a 'third rate' transport
service - Translink's refusal to include Lisburn as a stop on
the Enterprise rail service to Dublin and the by-passing of
Lisburn by Goldliner coach services between Belfast and
Enniskillen. The Mayor said he felt the matter was 'a serious
"For some time we have been requesting Translink to factor in
stops at Lisburn station for the Belfast - Dublin Enterprise.
This was refused on the grounds that CIE would seek an extra
stop on the other side of the border, thus extending the time
for the journey," he added.
"I then suggested the eight or nine stops at Portadown should
be shared with Lisburn but this has also been given the thumbs
down by Translink.
"Now we find that Lisburn passengers wanting to go to
Enniskillen by bus have to take the bus to Belfast, board the
Enniskillen bus there, drive up past Lisburn again on the way to
Enniskillen and repeat the entire ridiculous charade for the
travel was recently extended for the over sixties, but it is
also damaging Lisburn's economic prospects by deterring visitors
wanting to stop off in Lisburn from other parts of this island."
A Translink spokesperson said the 'flagship Enterprise
service' needed to maintain the best possible journey times to
fulfill passenger demand and expectations.
"The City of Lisburn is perfectly positioned to take
advantage of the excellent internal connections linking with the
Enterprise at Portadown. We look forward to working closely with
Lisburn City Council to jointly promote these regular
connections," she said.
"The Goldin Express Service between Belfast and Enniskillen
is a high frequency service with a journey time of 2hrs and 15
minutes. This popular service operates via the Ml with stops at
main towns in order to maintain such an attractive journey time.