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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland


New Buscentre to open on Monday
Erecting the bus stop signs at the new Buscentre are from left: George Weir, maintenance; Jim McCauley, Depot Controller; Paddy Arthurs, Maintenance and Michael Stewart, Lisburn Inspector

LISBURN'S new Buscentre will open next Monday (June 30) marking the start of a whole new era for public transport in the city.

The draughty and often damp wait endured by generations of passengers in the shelters at Smithfield Square will finally end and be replaced by the light and warmth of the new state of the art facility opposite Lisburn Square Shopping centre.

All local buses, including those travelling into Belfast, will depart from the Buscentre and the Belfast bound stop in Market Square will be discontinued.

However, passengers can board these buses at the stops in Bachelors Walk outside the Railway Station and Castle Street.

Local Ulsterbus Manager Jim McCauley said the company was 'delighted' to provide its Lisburn passengers with the new facility

He said bus users would enjoy 'greater levels of comfort, convenience and accessibility' and added Ulsterbus was also finalising improvements to local services in order to make the network easier to use.

"These measures include the use of clock-face city service timetables and improved passenger information with simple colour coded route maps," he added.

Mr. McCauley said all Lisburn services will he operated by low floor vehicles providing easy access.

He also said new modern bus stops were being introduced with improved passenger information and reminded people a �1.70 day ticket was available for unlimited travel on Lisburn services.

"Public transport has a significant contribution to make towards delivering a modern, healthy and efficient city and as such this new Buscentre represents an important investment for Lisburn," he continued.

"We hope that the opening of the facility together with the service enhancements will be welcomed by the local community and encourage even more people to choose the bus as the easy option."

The new timetables will be available shortly from Lisburn Bus Station and the Buscentre which will replace it next Monday; you can visit or contact the call centre on 9066 6630.

Ulster Star