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Antrim ready for a crackin' Christmas thanks to Translink

12 December 2017

Translink has launched a festive travel package for Antrim and Newtownabbey residents featuring discount fares and late night services to ensure local shoppers and commuters can make their all-important journeys this Christmas.

Discounts are available on NI Railways with one third-off day returns after 9.30am (Mon-Fri) and all day at weekends plus free returns on Goldline, Ulsterbus and Park and Ride services. For late night shoppers or festive nights-out, NI Railways and Goldline will operate special midnight services on selected routes every Friday and Saturday during December with online ticket booking available for Goldline. And for families looking for a fun day out, a £22 Family and Friends ticket offers one day’s unlimited travel for up to two adults and four children across all services on weekdays after 9.30am and no time restriction at weekends. From 16th December 2016 – 1st January 2017 the Family and Friends ticket will be just £17. Full details are available online at www.translink.co.uk/christmas/ .

Announcing the Christmas travel package, Jana Rabikova from Translink said:

“Every Christmas we make it our priority to introduce a selection of discount tickets for customers to enjoy good value hassle-free travel over the festive season – cutting the cost of Christmas. Top of our list is also ensuring our customers’ travel plans run smoothly during what can be an extremely busy travel period. As a result of our festive package, we hope to give the local retail and hospitality sector a boost during their busiest time of the year by transporting more people to the area,” continued Jana.

But it’s not all work and no play for Translink over the festive season with special activities planned to give back during the season of goodwill.

“We do our best every year to bring the Christmas spirit to life in our station and on-board services with an exciting line-up of special festive entertainment. We’re also supporting the PSNI #safehome campaign, reminding passengers not to drink alcohol on-board Translink services and to always respect fellow passengers and staff. So with plenty of festive travel offers, surprises and entertainment planned, we would like to wish all our passengers a very Happy Christmas,” said Jana. 

Speaking at the launch of Translink’s 2017 festive travel campaign, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Vera McWilliam, encouraged people to make use of public transport saying:

“Antrim and Newtownabbey Council is delighted to partner with Translink to launch its 2017 festive travel campaign, and we would encourage everyone to make the smart move and give public transport a go when travelling to local shops and attractions over the Christmas season.

“One of the council’s primary objectives is to make our towns as accessible as possible to as many people as we can. And at a time of year when more cars are on the road, public transport is a low cost and convenient option for those living, working and shopping in the local area, at the same time reducing congestion.”

For full details on Translink’s Christmas travel offers, timetable and entertainment activities visit www.translink.co.uk/christmas/ or join in the conversation online using #smartmovers.