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Derry-Dublin needs proper bus service

There have been additional cutbacks to the Derry-Dublin bus service (this time by Ulsterbus) on top of the cancellation of the Bus Eireann service last year.

There are now only three direct buses to Derry per day, leaving Dublin at 10am, 12.15pm and 8.15pm. This compares with departures every 15 minutes to Belfast (when you include the private operators) and up to 50 departures a day to other main cities, such as Galway and Cork.

These places are also served by fast, efficient rail, which, of course, Derry does not have either. How is the economy in the north west supposed to grow with such poor transport connections?

The remainder of the Ulsterbus services to Derry have now been reduced to an add-on service to the Dublin-Cookstown route.

By forcing people going to Derry to go via numerous town centres, including Armagh, Moy, Dungannon, Cookstown, Castledawson, the Glenshane Pass and Dungiven, over a much longer distance, it slows the service down considerably.

It's about time, in 2018, that Derry got a 'real' express service to Dublin.

DAMIEN O'CONNELL

Dublin

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