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Let's Get 'Rail', Banbridge
Support our campaign, ‘Let’s Get Rail, Banbridge’ – take action now to make rail more accessible for Banbridge.
SDLP Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has launched an all island rail review, to connect local communities across the island and respond to the climate crisis. This unprecedented all island review is our opportunity to press for enhanced services at Banbridge.
Banbridge is large enough to merit rail access as a medium-sized town and the patently under-utilised Scarva station is just a few miles (4miles) from Banbridge Bus Centre. Yet only 2 buses run from Banbridge to Scarva station on weekdays before 1pm, none on a Saturday and only one on a Sunday. All which points to an obvious and cost-effective way to make rail more accessible for Banbridge.
Rename Scarva station ‘Banbridge – Scarva’
Install a park and ride
Create safe cycling access and open the Banbridge to Scarva greenway
Have more trains stopping (particularly to and from Belfast)
Introduce a shuttle bus service from Banbridge town centre
Travelling by train is the least utilised mode of transport for residents in Banbridge travelling to a place of work/employment. From the 2011 Census, from a total of 13,679 residents in Banbridge, only 11 individuals used a train by way of travelling to work/employment.
It is time to reverse that trend, ‘Let’s Get Rail, Banbridge’.
Show your support by signing our petition.