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Derry~Londonderry ready for a crackin' Christmas thanks to Translink

12 December 2017

- Network-wide fare discounts, late night services, entertainment and some ‘cracker’ festive surprises!

Translink has launched a festive travel package for Derry~Londonderry residents featuring discount fares and late night services to ensure local shoppers and commuters can make their all-important journeys this Christmas.

Discounts will be rolled out on the city’s new Foyle Metro bus service with a £2 day ticket available throughout December, perfect for festive shopping. Local residents can also enjoy discounts on NI Railways with one third off day returns after 9.30am and all-day at weekends plus free returns on Goldline and Ulsterbus services. For late night shoppers or Christmas nights-out in Belfast, Goldline 212 will operate late night services every Friday and Saturday during December. For added convenience, customers can also buy tickets online for 11pm, midnight and 1am departures from Belfast to Derry~Londonderry.

Translink’s popular Bus Rambler ticket (£9) which offers unlimited bus travel will be available every day from 16th December to 1st January for those people looking to make the most of their Christmas holidays. And for families looking for a fun day out, a £22 Family and Friends ticket offers one day’s unlimited travel for up to two adults and four children across all services on weekdays after 9.30am and all day Saturdays and Sundays - reduced to just £17 from 16th December 2017 – 1st January 2018. Full details are available online at www.translink.co.uk/christmas/ .

Announcing the Christmas travel package, Chris Conway, Group CEO at Translink said:

“Every Christmas we make it our priority to introduce a selection of discount tickets for customers to enjoy good value hassle-free travel over the festive season – cutting the cost of Christmas. Top of our list is also ensuring our customers’ travel plans run smoothly during what can be an extremely busy travel period. As a result of our festive package, we hope to give the local retail and hospitality sector a boost during their busiest time of the year by transporting more people to the area.”

But it’s not all work and no play for Translink over the festive season with special activities planned to give back during the season of goodwill.

“We do our best every year to bring the Christmas spirit to life in our station and on-board services with an exciting line-up of special festive entertainment. This year we’re also calling on everyone to help us fill a bus full of toys in aid of St. Vincent De Paul and the Salvation Army. In partnership with U105, we’re launching our first ever ‘Stuff A Bus’ Toy Appeal so keep an eye out for drop-off points in selected stations.

“We’re also supporting the PSNI #safehome campaign, reminding passengers not to drink alcohol on-board Translink services and to always respect fellow passengers and staff. So with plenty of festive travel offers, surprises and entertainment planned, we would like to wish all our passengers a very Happy Christmas,” said Chris. 

Speaking at the launch of Translink’s 2017 festive travel campaign, Deputy Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor John Boyle, encouraged people to make use of public transport saying:

“Derry City and Strabane District Council is delighted to partner with Translink to launch its 2017 festive travel campaign, and we would encourage everyone to make the smart move and give public transport a go when travelling to local shops and attractions over the Christmas season.

“One of the council’s primary objectives is to make our city and district as accessible as possible to as many people as we can. And at a time of year when more cars are on the road, public transport is a low cost and convenient option for those living, working and shopping in the local area, at the same time reducing congestion.”

For full details on Translink’s Christmas travel offers, timetable and entertainment activities visit www.translink.co.uk/christmas/ or join in the conversation online using #smartmovers.