Regional Development Minister Peter Robinson, at a ceremony in the Londonderry Arms in Carnlough, launched a new bus service that will improve public transport in the area. In the past there has been a summer service from Belfast along the coast to Coleraine that has proved popular with tourists and locals, and in the next logical step Translink have extended the service throughout the winter months. However the service shall not start at Belfast, rather Larne will be the route starting point again finishing at Coleraine. The summer service will continue to operate as normal using the Goldliner buses in which passenger seats are high up to allow for greater viewing of the surrounding scenery, the winter service shall make use of the new Optare accessible midi-buses. It was also announced that there shall be new bus shelters in every settlement, transport information at strategic locations, intensive marketing and added value.
Causeway Rambler Launch
At the same ceremony, Joan Smyth – Translink’s Chairman, announced the companies new ‘Causeway Rambler’ service that will provide regular service in the summer months between Bushmills and the Carrick-a-Rede. It will make seven return journeys per day calling at all th usual tourist spots, Bushmills, Giant’s Causeway, Dunseverick Castle, Whitepark Bay, Ballintoy and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.