Finlay’s concerns over rural bus service

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Ballymoney councillor John Finlay has expressed his concern over the withdrawal of the fuel duty rebate for bus routes such as the town centre bus service in Ballymoney.

Cllr Finlay wrote to the Environment Minister Mark H Durkan saying: “As a local councillor in Ballymoney I am deeply concerned that you have announced the withdrawal of the fuel duty rebate for certain bus routes such as the town centre bus service in Ballymoney and those to Cloughmills, Dunloy, Rasharkin and Balnamore.

“This invaluable service is currently carried out by a local company – Logans. It provides a lifeline to numerous residents especially our senior citizens living in rural communities. They will now find it extremely difficult, if not impossible to use their smart pass as there will no longer be a regular bus connection to the main town.

“The service allows rural residents to attend medical appointments, do their grocery shopping, visit friends and relatives and enables those who need to draw their pension.

“For many of our constituents this is the only opportunity that they have to access the services in our local town. I feel this is a travesty for residents and especially our senior citizens who will suffer harshly.”