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Festive fare deals give public transport fillip

By Staff Reporter

More than half-a-million more journeys are expected to be made by public transport this festive season than last year.

It has been estimated the switch will remove some 312,500 cars from local roads and significantly cut down on the amount of congestion.

Translink is estimating more than 500,000 additional bus and train passenger journeys will have been made in the four weeks before Christmas, compared to the same period last year.

The record-breaking surge in passengers follows the launch of Translink's Christmas Campaign featuring value for money offers.

Translink group chief executive Chris Conway said that a huge effort had been made to provide affordable travel offers. "We've worked closely with stakeholders right across Northern Ireland, including local councils, business and tourism bodies to spread our festive message far and wide and this joined-up approach is proving a real success," he said.

"With such high numbers travelling at peak times, services are extremely busy and we're running every available bus, coach and train. We appreciate our customers' patience as colleagues right across the business work hard to keep Northern Ireland on the move this Christmas."

Belfast Lord Mayor Brian Kingston warmly welcomed the figures.

"We've worked closely with Translink to develop an attractive travel package and help spread some festive cheer with news of superb ticket discounts and convenient services," he said.

"This time of year is extremely important to the city's economy so we're really encouraged by this latest announcement that hopefully heralds a very successful and prosperous Christmas for Belfast."

For full details regarding Translink's Christmas travel offers and services, visit www.translink.co.uk/christmas/

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