Translink Start Express Service To Cope With Glider Demand

High demand for Belfast's new Glider service in the East of the city has prompted Translink to introduce a new express bus service.

The Urby express bus service will be introduced during the morning rush hour, from Dundonald Park and Ride, and a return service from the Europa during peak times in the evening and afternoon.

It comes as Translink reported a 17% growth in passenger numbers, that caused some passengers to complain of overcrowding on the service.

Ian Campbell, Director of Operations at Translink said: "The east Belfast route has been particularly successful, with increasing numbers of passengers at Glider halts on the Newtownards Road.
News Image
"Building on this success, from Monday 22 October we will introduce a new Urby express bus service, number 655, from Dundonald Park & Ride, similar to services at other Park and Ride sites."

The service into the city centre will depart at 7.20am, 7.45am, 8.20am and 8.45am, picking up at Cherry Hill and Ulster Hospital.

The return route will run during the afternoon and evening peak period from Europa Buscentre at 3.50pm, 4.25pm, 5pm, and 5.40pm, picking up at Custom House Square and Lanyon Place.

Mr Campbell added: "The Urby service will complement other services in the east of the city including Glider, as we progress through the busy autumn and run up to Christmas."


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

13 February 2019
Pair Remanded In Custody Over Clogher Murder
A man and a woman have been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with a County Tyrone murder. Pat Ward, a father-of-four, was found dead in an alleyway in McCrea Park in Clogher on the morning of Saturday 09 February.
04 February 2019
Appeal For Witnesses After City Centre Robbery
Police have issued an appeal for information after a commercial premises in Belfast City Centre was robbed. The business on High Street was targeted on Sunday evening, 03 February, when a man entered while armed with a large kitchen knife.
02 November 2001
Man killed on railway track in Antrim
A man has been killed when he was hit by a train on the railway line between Antrim and Ballymena. Fifty passengers were on board the train when the incident happened shortly before 8pm on Thursday November 1 on the track outside Antrim at Drumsough.
21 October 2011
Parade To Strut Their Stuff For Hallowe'en
The pop girl band Parade and Britain's Got Talent's quirky Stavros Flatley will headline Belfast's Hallowe'en celebrations at the end of this month.
13 February 2018
Investigation Launched After Car Set On Fire In Belfast
Police have launched an investigation after a vehicle was set on fire in south Belfast. The incident happened in the Stranmillis Embankment area on Tuesday, 13 February. Police received reports that a grey Volkswagen Polo, which had been parked in the area, was set on fire.