Kelly welcomes Nightmovers public transport for festive season

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SDLP Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly has welcomed confirmation of late-night public transport in the run up to Christmas.

Mrs Kelly previous wrote to Translink calling for the return of the popular Nightmovers service to make it easier for people to visit city centres.

Translink has confirmed late night bus and train services will begin from this Friday. 

A late night train service will depart Belfast’s Great Victoria Street Station to Portadown on Friday and Saturday nights from November 26 to December 18, departing at 00:10am. 

Upper Bann MLA Mrs Kelly said: “I’m delighted that Translink has decided to introduce the previously popular Nightmovers service allowing people to avail of late-night public transport when visiting Belfast and other areas in the run up to Christmas.

"I was contacted by a number of constituents who wanted to see the service return and contacted Translink on their behalf. I am glad to see late night train services to Portadown included in these plans and am sure they will prove very popular. 

"These late-night services will be a welcome boost for businesses. It will allow people to go shopping and visit our hospitality venues without having to worry about how they are going to get home. It will also have the added benefit of reducing congestion and taking cars off our roads during the busy Christmas period when people descend on our population centres.

"Late night public transport will also help keep people safe when returning home from socialising with friends or a night out. We have seen very worrying recent reports about assaults and drink-spiking and these services will ensure people can access safe and secure transport. I am glad Translink has listened to the public and announced the return of these services and I hope they will contribute to a merry festive season for everyone, particularly after the difficulties of the last few years.”

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