East Antrim bus decision slammed

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Assemblyman and councillor, Jim Allister slammed the decision to scrap a free bus service for disabled people in January 1986.

He said that the free bus service which took people from Carrick, Larne and Newtownabbey to Gloucester Park Centre in Belfast every Friday evening was “the highlight of the week for some of the most unfortunate in our society”.

He said: “The Government can squander millions in treachery, but deny disabled people the price of a bus ticket.”

A spokesperson from the Northern Health Board said that as part of an action plan to save £2m, the Board had been looking at non-ambulance transport in the area. They added that transport would not be provided for social outings of any kind.