Call for extension of bus service into Glenvarna estate


North Belfast DUP representatives Paula Bradley MLA and Councillor Phillip Brett have backed calls by Glengormley residents for the extension of a bus service through the Glenvarna estate.

Speaking after meeting with representatives of Translink in the area, Paula Bradley said: “I was contacted some weeks ago by a number of local residents who have been calling on Translink to extend a Metro bus service through Glenvarna estate.

“Glenvarna is a settled area with a large elderly population, many of whom rely on public transport. I know that some residents have difficulty walking to either the Ballyclare Road or Ballyhenry Road, and I have no doubt that a bus service through the estate would be very popular.”

She added: “I recently met with representatives of Translink in the area to discuss the matter and am pleased that they have now agreed to carry out a feasibility study of a proposed extension.”

A spokesperson for Translink explained that “due to Metro corridors and timetabling” the extension of a Metro service through the estate “will probably not be possible.”

However, she did confirm that the Service Delivery Manager for the area will consider alternatives as part of the feasibility study.

“We are currently conducting a feasibility report regarding extending our Newtownabbey Ulsterbus Town service into Glenvarna estate and will be providing the results of this report in the coming weeks,” the spokesperson added.