Armstrong congratulates Translink but warns of threats to public transport

Alliance Strangford MLA Kellie Armstrong has congratulated Translink, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Ulsterbus service, but said political instability is threatening the future of effective public transport.

The Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson said the occasion, which is being marked this week, was a key milestone in local transport history.

“I want to congratulate Translink for reaching this anniversary,” she said.

“Not many companies who were so impacted by the Troubles survived the regular disruption to their business to still be in operation today – from regular loss of vehicles to threats and intimidation of their drivers.

“While Translink is no longer Government-owned, it does still rely on substantial public subsidy to continue to deliver transport services for the public. The lack of Executive and Budget is harming delivery of effective public transport. Their future is being undermined by a lack of effective governance stemming from the DUP and Sinn Fein’s unwillingness to reform the Assembly.

“Alliance has supported the integrated transport process, which has the potential to make innovative changes and potential savings to the public purse – but all of this is only possible if a Minister for Infrastructure is in place and an effective Executive back to work.”

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