Translink announces details of transport plan for show days

Pictured announcing the Translink plans are passenger Michael Johnston, Stacey Morrison, RUAS, Gerard McAtarsney, Translink NI Railways Route Manager, Paddy the lamb, Jim McCauley, Translink Service Delivery Manager ' Lisburn and passenger Abbie Johnston.
Pictured announcing the Translink plans are passenger Michael Johnston, Stacey Morrison, RUAS, Gerard McAtarsney, Translink NI Railways Route Manager, Paddy the lamb, Jim McCauley, Translink Service Delivery Manager ' Lisburn and passenger Abbie Johnston.
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With large crowds expected at the 147th Balmoral Show, 13 – 15 May 2015, Translink is asking visitors to plan their journeys in advance and leave extra time to make onward train connections.

Special bus, coach and train transport arrangements are in place to help visitors make smart moves for a relaxing journey to reach Balmoral Park situated at Maze Long Kesh.

Colin McDonald, Chief Executive RUAS commented: “Preparations for this year’s Balmoral Show are well advanced and we are looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to Balmoral Park over the course of the three days. With so much to see at the Show it’s important to get there in good time and relaxed. We have teamed up with Translink to provide coach day tours from a range of regional towns. This offer represents a convenient and economical way to visit the Show.

“Our complimentary shuttle bus service from Lisburn train station to the Show will be in operation again. This service has operated very successfully with shuttle bus passengers beating the queues and enjoying quick access to the Show. Bus passengers who purchase early bird tickets on the Balmoral Show website will be able to enjoy priority entrances at the event.”

Translink’s Ciarán Rogan said using public transport is the smart move for anyone travelling to this year’s show: “We are working closely with RUAS to provide hassle-free bus and train travel to this year’s show and would encourage visitors to plan their journey using our dedicated website section www.translink.co.uk/balmoralshow.

“We will operate special coach day tours available to purchase online offering return journey to Balmoral Park and show admission for just £31 (adult) & £16 (child). These services will depart Derry~Londonderry, Limavady, Strabane, Omagh, Enniskillen, Dungannon, Cookstown, Antrim, Magherafelt, Ballymena, Ballymoney and Coleraine with other locations also served along these main routes.

“On each day of the show, a free shuttle bus service will run from Lisburn Train Station to the Show grounds between 8.30am–9pm. The estimated outward journey time is around 20-30 minutes and we are advising passengers to allow 30–45 minutes transfer time to return from the show back to Lisburn for onward train connections – especially anyone using cross-border or North West services.

“Anyone using either the free shuttle bus or special coach package deal can also enjoy priority show entry. For additional convenience, selected morning train services coming from the North will run through to Lisburn so passengers will not need to change trains in Belfast.

“We also have a range of discount travel tickets available including a third-off day return train tickets or selected Goldline coach services after 9.30am and would remind Senior smartpass holders to take advantage of their free travel. We would also encourage customers to pre-book their show ticket,” said Ciarán.

For passenger comfort, visitors are being encouraged to avoid peak travel times and make their journeys after 9.30am and after evening rush hour (4-6pm).

The shuttle bus service will have limited space for prams and wheelchairs. All buggies should be folded before getting onto any bus or train services.

For further travel information including ticket purchase click www.translink.co.uk/balmoralshow/ or call 028 9066 6630.

For the latest travel updates follow Twitter @Translink_NI #smartmovers. For Balmoral Show information click www.balmoralshow.co.uk.