Armstrong: Minister must confirm if strike will impact Strangford Ferry service

Alliance Councillor Kellie Armstrong has raised concerns over the lack of information available regarding the Strangford Ferry’s sailings this Friday, with a planned strike expected to cause major disruption.

The Peninsula representative voiced her dismay after Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy failed to clarify if the Ferry would be sailing as normal, despite Translink confirming all bus and trains would be cancelled.

Councillor Kellie Armstrong said: “This must be rectified immediately, giving commuters and parents of school children who rely on the service enough time to plan their travel alternatives.

“It is unacceptable that DRD is unable to provide any guidance as to if the Ferry will be running or not. All officials have been able to tell me so far is that there is no official information available and a press release may be issues by the Minister’s office in a day or two.

“This Ferry is not just another form of public transport, but is a means of enabling Peninsula people to connect to the mainland, avoiding more than a 40-60 mile round trip, and the Minister’s current stance is not being fair on them.

“My Party colleague Kieran McCarthy will be addressing this lack of communication and thought by the department at the Assembly by directly questioning the Minister.”

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