SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan has welcomed confirmation from Translink that their ‘Nightmovers’ bus service will be introduced for Derry over the Christmas period following their pilot provision last year and subsequent requests from Mr Durkan.
Mr Durkan said he hopes the service, which will run from 2nd-23rd December, will help promote the night-time economy and help people get home safely.
Said the Foyle MLA: “This is great news for Derry and its night-time economy. Getting home after a night out in Derry city centre is notoriously difficult.
“Not only is this off-putting for revellers but it has wider implications for local businesses.
“There have always been issues with limited taxi provision at night in the city and unfortunately this has been exacerbated in recent years and as a result of the pandemic with taxi drivers leaving the profession to seek more flexible, family-friendly employment elsewhere.
“I have raised these issues among others with successive Infrastructure Ministers, as well as the need to make the industry more accessible and attractive.
“I’m pleased Translink has agreed to provide a night bus service in Derry again this Christmas, to ensure that people can get home safely.
“This is good news and I hope this provision will assist in promoting public transport and provide a boost for the local night-time economy.”Tags: