Translink "don't stop to think about passengers" as fares rise announced from June

Translink buses with Belfast City Hall in the background
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The majority of passengers on Translink services in Northern Ireland will see fares rise in June - and Belfast Live readers in our comments section aren't happy with the latest hit to their wallets in our comments section. Fares on Metro, NI Railways, and Ulsterbus will be revised following a decision by the Department for Infrastructure.

On June 3, affected bus services will go up by 6%, and train services will go up by 10%. Cross border coaches and rail fares will be unaffected. It comes ahead of a summer of disruption, as ten stations are being closed to connect the new Grand Central Station to the lines.

Ian Campbell, Translink Director of Operations, said: "We remain confident that bus and train travel is still the most attractive and cost-effective travel choice especially when compared to increasing private motoring costs.

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"Combined with the many wider health and wellbeing benefits of sustainable travel, it’s also an easy way we can all do our bit for the climate crisis and improve air quality for a better-connected society for all."

Reader Vannin wants to see improvements for the money: "You'd hope that higher fares will mean better service, but nothing will improve. Late or cancelled buses, ignorant and impatient drivers, and buses with dirty interiors."

Commenter Itiswhatitisaye said: "Trains have been shocking the last week. Times changed and weren't initially updated on the website. 2 or 3 Trains in a row not turning up. Suppose they have to pay for York Street and Grand Central somehow."

Geb67 wrote: "I was waiting for this, a posh new station, they had to make us pay for it. It's only encouraging car users to stay in their cars. They don't stop to think of us, the passengers, who are facing constant price hikes and wages aren't increasing."

19pc71 says: "Need to improve the service to Belvoir, which is a shocking to say the least, rather than increase fares". Acni added: "Perhaps they can now afford a decent usable website and mobile app."

B3lfasthandyman would have done things differently: "They want people to use public transport, why wasn't the money spent on a DART style system or a LUAS, or even start a subway system, and there isnt even a train to the INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, people visiting must think we are still in the dark ages."

Toyota said: "Wages go up fares go up. Translink cannot stand alone although it has really no competition."

Brambleline wrote: "Trains are already extremely expensive and if you live in a rural area the bus service is very poor. This is hardly going to encourage public transport use. Something is very wrong with the business model Translink use that & the amount of money wasted on the new station instead of improving the service."

Belfast2021 said: "Great way to encourage more people to take public transport! Absolute joke Translink."

If you could improve just one thing about Translink services, what would it be? Comment below, and join in on the conversation.