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Bus Services

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many times in the last 12 months a bus substitution service has operated on the Coleraine to Portrush rail route. (93290)

In the past 12 months, up to the end of September 2006, a bus substitution service was used on the Coleraine to Portrush rail route on 298 occasions, which is equivalent to some 2 per cent. of the total number of services scheduled.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) weekday and (b) weekend Ulsterbus services from Portaferry to Newtownards via Kircubbin are provided under the latest 2006 timetable; and how many were provided in each of the last five years. (93297)

Translink has advised me that the number of such journeys is as set out in the following table.

Portaferry to Newtownards via Kircubbin

Number of services

Timetable

Weekdays

Saturdays

Sundays

Current (from October 2006)

10

6

4

From March 2006

10

6

3

From February 2005

11

8

3

From May 2001

12

6

5