Translink and RUAS are encouraging visitors to the Balmoral Show, 11–13 May 2016, to plan their journeys in advance, take advantage of special travel arrangements and leave extra time to make onward train connections.
Translink Group Chief Executive Chris Conway says visitors can get on board special bus, coach and train services for a relaxing journey to Balmoral Park.
“After a successful and hugely popular public transport operation last year, we are working closely with RUAS to provide hassle-free bus and train travel for the Show and would encourage visitors to plan their journey using our dedicated website section www.translink.co.uk/balmoralshow2016,” he said.
“Special coach day tours are available to purchase online offering return journey to the Show plus admission for just £31 (adult) and £16 (child). These services will depart Derry~Londonderry, Limavady, Strabane, Omagh, Enniskillen, Dungannon, Antrim, Magherafelt, Ballymena, Ballymoney and Coleraine with other locations also served along these main routes.
“The Show starts at 9.30am each day and we are providing a free and frequent Translink shuttle bus service running between Lisburn Train Station and the Showground from 8.30am – 8.00pm (Wed and Thurs)/7.30pm (Fri). Exhibitors are advised to use the shuttle bus between 8.30am–9am with Show visitors travelling from 9am onwards.
“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 and selected Enterprise services between Dublin and Belfast will be stopping at Lisburn on each day of the Show. 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.
“Once you’re at the show, be sure to visit our #Getonboardni stand to find out more about Northern Ireland’s first ever Bus and Train Week, running June 6–12, when we’ll have loads of great bus and train travel offers and plenty of fun events to get involved in,” said Chris.
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 so all buggies should be folded before getting onto any Translink services. Shuttle bus passengers are also encouraged to pre-book their Show ticket and senior smartpass customers can take advantage of their free travel on scheduled services to get to the event.
For further travel information including ticket purchase click www.translink.co.uk/balmoralshow2016/ or call 028 9066 6630. For the latest travel updates follow Twitter @Translink_NI. For Balmoral Show information click www.balmoralshow.co.uk.