New cross-border bus route a boost for NW

Translink Assistant Service Delivery Manager, Tony McDaid and Translink Ambassador Michael Doran launching the new Ulsterbus Service to Buncrana.

Translink Assistant Service Delivery Manager, Tony McDaid and Translink Ambassador Michael Doran launching the new Ulsterbus Service to Buncrana.

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Translink ambassador Michael Doran has hailed a new cross-border bus route from Londonderry to Buncrana as a great new service for the people of the North West.

Mr Doran said: “The new service to Buncrana is great for the local community, tourists and day trippers who want to explore the area with great value tickets available, it’s the ‘Smart Move’ to make to get to Donegal.”

The new Ulsterbus Service 181, launched on March 30, operates from Foyle Street bus centre to Buncrana and will give commuters and students more frequent return services for work and study.

The new service has been launched a year after the Lough Swilly Railway Company, the firm behind several long-standing Lough Swilly bus services to Inishowen, was wound up.

It will complement and compete with several other services currently operated by private bus companies including North West Busways and McGonagle Bus and Coach.

The new service will operate between Londonderry and Buncrana five times daily on weekdays. There will be four services on Saturdays and three on Sundays.

The new bus service will depart from the Causeway Road, Buncrana, stopping at St Mary’s Road, Shorefront, Fahan Rectory, Burnfoot, Bridgend and Coshquin. The service will run from Buncrana, Monday to Friday at 7.30am, 9.40am, 11.40am, 1.40pm, 5.40pm and 6.40pm. It will run on Saturday from 11am, 2pm, 4.40pm, and 6.30pm. It will also leave Buncrana at 1pm, 4pm and 6.30pm.

The bus will depart from Foyle Street bus station at 8.40am, 10.40am, 12.40pm, 4.40pm and 5.40pm Monday to Friday, and 10am, 1pm, 3.40pm and 5.40pm on Saturdays. The service will also run on Sunday at 12noon, 3pm and 5.30pm. Visit www.translink.co.uk or call 028 90666630.