Translink ‘must not continue to make losses’

SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has warned of the dangers for Moyle and other rural areas if the Department for Regional Development allows Translink to run into losses.

Recent predictions expect Translink to make a £2million profit this year but a £22million deficit over the following two years.

Councillor Cunningham said: “If we allow Translink to lose such large amounts, the closure and run down of non-profitable rural routes and services will be inevitable.

“Already in Moyle we feel that our public transport is not given sufficient support, this will only worsen if Translink fall into a deficit position.

“Investment in public transport is needed to get people out of cars. Petrol prices are crippling local working families; public transport needs to be a viable and realistic alternative, price increases to bus fares will not help, in fact they will only worsen the situation.”