Fears over Metro move

TWO Newtownabbey councillors have voiced concerns over the safety of local bus users following the relocation of Metro stops in Belfast city centre.

In August last year, Metro buses servicing routes to North Belfast and Newtownabbey were moved out of Donegall Square West to nearby Upper Queen Street as part of the Northern Ireland Executive’s ‘Belfast on the Move’ transport masterplan for the city centre.

During a meeting with Translink officials at Mossley Mill on Monday evening, Alliance councillor Lynn Frazer and DUP alderman Billy DeCourcy both called for a rethink of the decision to move local services away from the City Hall.

“I don’t feel safe using the new bus stops at Upper Queen Street, particularly at nights. All the buildings are closed up, the street’s not well lit and there are very few people around,” councillor Frazer told the meeting.

“Upper Queen Street isn’t a very welcoming place at nights - it’s definitely a scary place for people to be waiting for buses at nights,” alderman DeCourcy added.

Councillors were informed that Translink wasn’t responsible for the move of bus stops from Donegall Square West, and were advised to raise their concerns with the government department responsible for the city centre transport masterplan.