UKIP assembly candidate for East Londonderry, Steven Parkhill has called for a “smarter” public transport system.
Mr Parkhill said:
“Utilising public transports has immense benefits, to health and wellbeing, the environment and to consumers’ pockets.
It’s time Northern Ireland had a better connected, more conjoined public transport system, with better synchronisation between buses and trains.
The issue of non-aligned trains and buses was raised to me by a tourist – in Limavady, who found the current system a turn off to visiting the area again. Due to the failure of the Limavady-Coleraine bus to meet the Bellarena train, this passenger had to make a journey totalling around 2 hours 50 minutes, whereas if the bus left 10 minutes earlier, this journey would have only taken 1 hour 30 minutes.
A better transportation system will increase mobility, and I’ve no doubt a better aligned public transport system will help entice more people to make their daily commute, or even to visit other areas of the province using public transport. Public transport has an essential role in the economy and community of Northern Ireland. An effective public transport system can improve the mobility of older people, rural dwellers and those with disabilities, and can provide improvements to the local economy by bringing workers and jobs together.
It’s time we made our transport system smarter, to reduce journey times, and encourage more people to use public transport to visit our local towns and villages.”