Campaign under way to beef up bus service

Upper Bann MLA Carla Lockhart.
Upper Bann MLA Carla Lockhart.

Moves are under way to secure a beefed-up bus service for the Blackskull area.

Driving the campaign are Upper Bann MLA Carla Lockhart and local Councillor Mark Baxter, who said the area currently benefited from only one service a week.

Councillor Mark Baxter.

Councillor Mark Baxter.

Describing the situation as “very restrictive” for residents, with whom they recently spoke, the DUP pair pledged to lobby Translink for improvements.

“We cannot have a situation,” said Ms Lockhart, “where local people are able to get into or out of the village but not get a return journey for one week.

“This is not helpful for families or elderly people who do not have their own means of transport.

“Whilst there are school services in the area I believe there needs to be a reassessment given the growth of the area.

“I will be consulting with Translink on this matter and lobbying for a more rounded service for the residents.

“It simply cannot be allowed to continue that Blackskull residents are cut off from their local towns where they want to support their local traders.”

Councillor Baxter, meanwhile, who represents the Blackskull area on Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, said he had been working on other local issues too over the past few months.

“I have been working with local people and Translink to get a bus shelter provided for the school services that use the area,” he said.

“We cannot have the young people standing out unprotected when there is inclement weather.

“As a party we will continue to listen to the residents and be a voice on their behalf.”