A Co Antrim firm is launching a new late-night bus service between Belfast and Lisburn, representing the first private shuttle between the cities in almost 60 years.
Tiger Coaches has been granted a licence by DRD to operate a stage carriage bus route between Lisburn and Belfast along the main road on Friday and Saturday nights into the small hours of the morning.
The last time a private bus served the route regularly was in the 1940s.
Siobhan McCormick of Tiger Coaches said that in the current economic climate, people were struggling to afford taxis on shopping trips and nights out.
"We are operating with a flat fare of £3 single, which we think is very good value for money," she said.
"There's the safety aspect too - how often do we see young girls out on the streets in Belfast city centre, trying to flag taxis home when there just aren't enough to go around. With the Christmas shopping period approaching, there's another added benefit to take people into Belfast for late-night opening of the city centre complexes."
The buses will leave Lisburn at 11.30pm, 12.30am and 1.30am and then return from Belfast at 12am, 1am and 2am on both nights into the following mornings.
The service will kick off in December, with special bus stops along the Lisburn Road.
Tiger Coaches hopes the service will lead to further growth for the two-year-old company.