18th August 2011

Consumer Council welcomes the opening of Carrickfergus Train Station Park and Ride

The Consumer Council has welcomed the official opening of the newly extended Carrickfergus Train Station Park and Ride.

Scott Kennerley, Head of Policy for Transport of the Consumer Council said:

“This is certainly welcome news for Northern Ireland consumers.  At a time when petrol and diesel costs remain at consistently high levels it is essential that the Department for Regional Development provide accessible public transport alternatives.”   

This extended Park and Ride facility comes ahead of the planned introduction of the new trains on the Larne line which is scheduled to take place in the Autumn.

The extension of the Carrickfergus Train Station has resulted in an additional 169 car parking spaces at the site, taking the total available to 295.  This includes 15 bays for people with reduced mobility.


Notes to Editors:

The Consumer Council has a statutory remit to represent the interests of passengers travelling to, from and within Northern Ireland and is a consumer representative for all passengers using public transport.  Passengers who have a complaint regarding public transport are encouraged to contact the Consumer Council on 0800 121 6022 or [email protected] - we can take the complaint up on your behalf.


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