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Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s District Electoral Area Forums have launched a Pilot Scheme  at Newry Bus Station which will see later bus services from Newry bus station to both Kilkeel and Crossmaglen at 9.30pm.

The Pilot, which was developed in partnership with Translink, Age Friendly, and Newry Business Improvement District (BID) and will operate for a 12 week period until Friday 21 December.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin said, “We are delighted to launch this valuable service along with our partners. This scheme will benefit people across the district by helping them to stay connected and providing additional support to those who are particularly vulnerable and isolated in our communities. I would encourage all to make use of this fantastic service.”

The initiative was developed in response to local concerns relating to rural isolation across the district. The service will help people to get better access to services and improve employment opportunities for those living outside Newry City. It will also facilitate greater leisure and social opportunities.

Rebecca Byrne from Newry Business Improvement District (BID) commented, “Newry Business Improvement is delighted to be supporting the late night bus scheme; it is our hope that participants will be able to enjoy Newry City centre for longer into the evenings and enjoy some of our fantastic bars, restaurants and entertainment venues within the city. We are also pleased that we, along with Translink have been able to be part of this very worthwhile Council led initiative.”

For timetables and additional information please go online to www.translink.co.uk or contact Newry Bus Centre at 028 3026 3531.

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