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SF Encourages More People To Travel By Bike

A Sinn Fein MLA is encouraging more people to take up cycling to help the environment and their physical and mental health.

North Antrim MLA Philip McGuigan, the party's Infrastructure spokesperson, was commenting as Cycle Week gets underway today, Monday 10 June- an annual celebration to showcase how riding a bike can easily be a part of everyday life and inspire more people to give it a try.

"Bike Week is about participating in everyday cycling and experiencing how it can fit into and improve your daily life," he commented. 

"Cycling is not only beneficial to the environment through reducing greenhouse gasses and air pollution by opting to use your bike instead of a car but there are also enormous physical and mental health benefits to cycling and it is also fun. 

"I would encourage people to use this week to protect the environment, raise awareness of the many benefits of cycling and urge friends and family to jump on their bikes."

£5.6m Portrush Train Station Completed Ahead Of The Open

A new £5.6 million train station has been completed in Portrush as the town prepares to host this summer's major golf tournament, The Open Championship.

The new station includes upgrades to the three platforms, extending the permanent way for Platforms 1 and 2 at the existing station. The station now accommodates 6-car train sets to provide increased capacity. It boasts modern facilities, providing enhanced passenger information and a new public address system. The new station also includes increased cycle storage space to encourage active travel and 'greener' tourism links.

Northern Ireland contractor GRAHAM completed the project with funding from the Department for Communities (£4.7m) and Department for Infrastructure (£900k+). 
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Jonny Kerr, Contracts Director at GRAHAM, said: "We are very excited to be handing over the completed train station at Portrush to Translink and eagerly await the response from the travelling public to what is a gateway to the town and North Coast.

"Portrush is one of Ireland's most popular seaside resorts. The new station's increased capacity will allow for further passenger and visitor growth as well as delivering wider economic benefits to the region."

The development is also part of a wider £17m Portrush Regeneration Programme, led by the Department for Communities, which also includes a major public realm and revitalisation scheme for the town.

A team from Translink will officially open the new Portrush Train Station on Tuesday 25 June, installing a time capsule on-site to mark the historic occasion.

Around 190,000 visitors are expected to attend the 148th Open Championship, which is taking place at Royal Portrush from 14-21 July.

Lisburn Mayor To Support Air Ambulance NI

The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, is set to raise much needed funds for his chosen charity - Air Ambulance Northern Ireland (AANI).

Established in 2017, the charity provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service for the whole of Northern Ireland, in partnership with Northern Ireland Ambulance Service. From its base in Lisburn, the service can reach any location in NI within 25 minutes to deliver critical medical care in emergency situations.

This rapid response service is vital in delivering critical pre-hospital care at the scene of major trauma resulting from a range of incidents including road traffic collision, agricultural accidents, falls, sporting, domestic and workplace incidents.

Speaking about why he chose AANI as his charity for his 2019 – 2020 term, the Mayor explained: "I'm delighted to support such a vital service and proud that it is based in our council area. It's wonderful to think that it is reaching out to all parts of the province to provide urgent medical care to anyone who desperately needs it.

"I would ask people to participate in the many fundraising events that I will be hosting this year, in aid of the charity, and urge everyone to give generously and support this cause."

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