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Door-to-door Bus Services

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the delivery of the door-to-door bus service (a) for Comber and (b) elsewhere in Strangford constituency. (75472)

The Department for Regional Development is currently evaluating tenders for the provision of door-to-door transport services in a number of urban areas and would hope that services would start on a phased basis in September 2006. As part of this scheme Comber is linked with Newtownards and Dundonald as a single contract area.

Through the Rural Transport Fund, the Department for Regional Development provides support to two rural community transport partnerships operating door-to-door services within the Strangford constituency. These are Down Community Transport based in Downpatrick (which also operates in the South Down constituency) and Peninsula Community Transport based in Kircubbin.