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Bloomfield bus route to 'benefit' elderly

Translink's decision to add Bloomfield Shopping Centre to its Ballywalter to Bangor route will benefit the elderly and disabled, Councillor Alex Easton has said.

The change in route, which will also connect Groomsport and Donaghadee with the shopping centre, will begin on July 1. It follows ongoing discussions over the abolition of Easibus routes in the town.

Welcoming the decision, Councillor Easton said: “I am pleased that Translink intends to provide a new link between Groomsport village and Bloomfield Shopping Centre starting from July 1 this year.

“This adjustment to the Ballywalter to Bangor route will be welcomed by people in Ballywalter and Donaghadee. It will also be welcomed by the elderly and disabled connecting them with Bloomfield.”

A Translink spokeswoman said: “We are continually looking at ways to improve our services. As part of this it is proposed that services are diverted from Ballywalter to Bangor providing regular links between Groomsport and Bloomfield Shopping Centre.“

Timetable information will be made available in advance of the July date.

Jamie Bill, manager of Bloomfield Shopping Centre, said the news “at first glance” was very welcome.

“The change to the existing Ballywalter route to encompass a stop at Bloomfield will make it much easier for people from there to visit the centre and experience that feeling of community as well as giving them a far greater shopping choice than before,” he said.

Translink recently announced that it was removing two Easibus services in Bangor.

Easibus provides accessible local transport to elderly and disabled people.

However last year the Department for Regional Development, along with Translink, took the decision to withdraw it. There is currently a reduced service in the town which will end in June this year.

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