Translink increases bus and rail fares

Published Wednesday, 24 April 2013
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The cost of bus and rail travel in Northern Ireland is set to increase.

Translink increases bus and rail fares
The move has been criticised by politicians. (© UTV)

Translink has announced a 3% rise in the cost of Metro tickets and 5% for journeys on NI Railways, which will come into effect next month.

The company argued it's the first increase on some fares in several years and encouraged customers to use smart passes and multi-journey ticket deals to save money.

Ciaran Rogan said: "We have worked very hard to keep fare increases as low as possible, and indeed, over recent years, our fares have not kept up with inflation.

"Notably, this will be the first increase on some fares for five and even six years.

"Customer satisfaction remains high as customers appreciate the many improvements we have made to our fleet, technology, ticketing together with innovative promotions. We look forward to seeing more people try the bus and train over the coming weeks and months".

However the Committee for Regional Development has criticised the price hike.

Chairman Jimmy Spratt, of the DUP, said: "The department has tried to sugar-coat these increases by saying that rail fares will be held until 2015 and that these increases are less than any in the UK and Ireland.

"That will be of little consolation to those hard-pressed customers who have shown faith in Translink over the years, particularly in the very difficult economic situation in which we find ourselves."

The new prices come into effect from 6 May.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
mark in belfast wrote (632 days ago):
The prices will go up along with the employees wages. FACT. Translink really are the worst, service is terrible, random times and routes and the service by the staff isnt exactly first class either. The fees are already too much as pointed out by others its cheaper to drive. another kick in the teeth for public transport users is that even in the "Bus" lanes we will soon have plenty of private taxis if duncan mccausland gets his way with DOE as usual.
seamas in belfast wrote (644 days ago):
Translink can treble prices for all I care. I wouldn’t get on a city bus if they paid me never mind charged me. Translink is the worst transport company in Europe. The bus service in West Belfast is atrocious. Thank goodness for the Black Taxis.
Jim in Belfast wrote (644 days ago):
How can our public transport system cost much more than the public transport in Countries like Spain. Translink will continue to raise the prices until the customers Boycott the system and use other methods of transport like the Black Taxis in Belfast who havent raised their fares in quite a while. Better still put your walking shoes on and get some exercise too!
Me in Belfast wrote (644 days ago):
I'm with PC from Belfast. I feel obliged to get my moneys worth out of my road tax.
Phil in Belfast wrote (645 days ago):
I see buses go up and down the road every evening that have very few people on them. Would it not be cost effective and better for our environment if smaller vehicles where used in the evenings? If I'm not mistaken buses have computerised systems so surely these companies know exactly how many people use their services at any given time.
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