Monkstown evening bus services reinstated

EVENING bus services are to reinstated in the Monkstown estate from tonight.

The services were withdrawn from the estate for the past two nights after a driver was attacked and robbed on Tuesday night.

The buses will now collect and leave people off at the last bus stop before the Devenish Drive terminus.

The measure means buses will no longer use the terminus bus stop.

Gerry Mullan, Translink service delivery manager for the Newtownabbey area said: “The buses will now just use the terminus as a turning circle.

“We have had a number of meetings with the community representatives and councillors and are delighted with the public’s response in this matter.”

Community groups in the area had expressed concern that the bus company was reacting to the action of a “small group of thugs” and not serving the community.

Mr Mullan added: “That is understandable, they do not want the community to lose out on what is a valuable service that many people have to depend on.

“However, I have to weigh up the needs of our customers as well as the welfare of our drivers and we have reached a compromise with the community groups.”

Mr Mullan added: “There has been a fantastic level of support for the driver and we appreciate it greatly.”

Meanwhile, two 15-year-old males and a 16 year old appeared in court today charged with various offences in connection with the Tuesday night’s robbery.