First time late night revellers can travel home with Metro on 11.30pm and 12.30am services
Translink has announced that late night Metro services will play a starring role at Culture Night Belfast on Friday 16 September 2016for the first time.
Bus services will run at 11.30pm and 12.30am on key routes along the 12 main Metro corridors across Greater Belfast*.
Culture Night organisers and Translink are now encouraging the public to take advantage of these additional services which aim to support Belfast’s development as an attractive evening destination.
Announcing the late night Metro service, Translink Belfast Area Manager Damian Bannon said:
“This is great news for anyone enjoying the city attractions at night. Culture Night is a great platform for us to pilot these late night Metro departures with the potential for further similar services on other occasions should sufficient demand be out there.
“Culture Night is one of Belfast’s flagship events attracting thousands of additional visitors to the city streets with its unique mix of exploration, adventure and performance and we’ve been working closely with event organisers to provide an attractive public transport service for the Culture Night audience.
“This move will support a vibrant night time economy by providing convenient, reliable and good value journey options. We’ve selected popular key routes along the 12 main Metro corridors to trial this late night service and look forward to welcoming both existing and new customers on board.
“Customers can enjoy great value too with £1.25 journeys (city zone) using a Metro Smartlink card – for full details on Culture Night journey and ticket options click www.translink.co.uk/culturenight/ or call 028 90 66 66 30,” said Damian.
Culture Night Belfast Programme Manager Adam Turkington said the late night Metro services are a major development that support the continued growth of the popular event:
“We’re thrilled that Translink are offering these late night Metro services through the main arterial routes of Belfast. This chimes perfectly with our ethos of traffic-free roads on the night and is another great reason for leaving your car behind on Culture Night!
“We got over 60,000 people down to Culture Night last year, but 2016 will be even bigger. We reckon these extended Metro services will be hugely important for transporting people directly into the magic of Culture Night and getting them back home safely again! Come enjoy the Culture Night experience without the burden of traffic and finding somewhere to park, and get on board Translink Metro onSeptember 16!” said Adam.
For the first time, Translink will also host a special ‘Metro Legends’ Bus Tour as part of Culture Night 2016. Following a public vote earlier this year, actor Jamie Dornan and rugby hero Rory Best were selected as local legends and celebrated on an eye-catching Metro Double Decker bus wrap. One of Northern Ireland’s top broadcasters Pete Snodden will take up the role as tour guide for the exclusive tour on board the official Metro Legends bus as it travels through the city stopping at key locations associated with each of the stars. The Tour will depart Donegall Square East (outside Santander) in Belfast city centre at 6.45pm.
For further details on late night services or to grab a seat on board the official Metro Legends Bus Tour hosted by Pete Snodden click www.translink.co.uk/culturenight/ or follow @Translink_NI #MetroLegends.