SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan has been engaging with Translink to secure a return of evening bus services over the Christmas period as part of the enhanced Foyle Metro service.
Mr Durkan said he hopes the service will help to promote the local night-time economy as well as ensuring that people get home safely during the festive period.
The Foyle MLA said: “Delighted that after engaging with Translink, they have agreed to reinstate evening bus provision as part of the Foyle Metro Service enhancements ahead of the festive period.
“This service will be a great addition to the evening economy whether people are buying in the Christmas shopping or joining friends and workmates for a night out.
“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.
“The Nightmovers scheme was been piloted over the last couple of years but perhaps anxiety around COVID during its first year and lack of awareness last year, the potential of this provision wasn’t fully realised.
“We need to see more of these type of initiatives, which I believe will help bolster the viability of public transport despite the many challenges it currently faces.
“Increasing flexibility and accessibility around public transport will encourage its usage, getting people out of their cars and into more sustainable modes of transport.
“People will also be pleased to hear that Translink have taken on board requests to expand their payment methods.
“Contactless payments have been rolled out right across their Foyle Metro service, providing passengers with the option to pay by credit/debit card, smart device or cash.
“This provision will assist in promoting public transport, provide a boost for the local night-time economy and complement rather than compete with the existing taxi network.
“We continue to push for much needed changes to taxi legislation that will attract and retain more drivers within that essential industry too.”