Latest: Cookstown bus station won’t close say Translink

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After a public backlash, Translink has confirmed that Cookstown bus station will no longer be closing.

News emerged yesterday of the public transport authority’s intention to close the doors of the already part-time bus station - essentially leaving it as a glorified bus stop.

Cookstown bus station will remain as a passenger facility with buses serving it as normal - Translink

Both staff at the bus station, who were notified on Wednesday, and local political representatives hit out at the intended closure.

The UUP’s Trevor Wilson had voiced his concern over the impact on local bus users.

Read more: Anger as Cookstown bus station set to close after 70 years
After today’s change of heart, a spokesperson for Translink said: “Following the consultation with passengers earlier this year we have worked hard to protect the geographic coverage of the network.

“There are some frequency reductions to a number of services and some services have been retimed.

“We will be carrying out an operational transfer of staff and vehicles but Cookstown bus station will remain as a passenger facility with buses serving it as normal.

“We would encourage passengers to check the new times of their services when timetables are made available later this month.”