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Concerns for Passenger Safety After Release of Bus Injury Compensation Figures

February 11th, 2016 | By licnewsadmin

Between April 2010 and April 2015, nearly £2 million has been paid out in compensation for bus accidents in Northern Ireland.

Translink, a company that runs some major public transport services across Northern Ireland (including Citybus, Ulsterbus, the Metro and Goldlink buses as well as Northern Irish Railway) has released information that it has paid out £1.647 million in compensation – in addition to £301,000 in material damage – for bus-related accidents.

The figures were released by Regional Development Minister Michelle McIlveen. The figures were released as a response to a query from SDLP MLA John Dallat, who is a member of Ulster’s regional development committee. Mr Dallas noted that the payouts for bus accident compensation were “horrendous”, and that measures needed to be enacted by Translink to avoid bus accidents. However, he also noted that a review should be conducted of the policy that concerns the defence of claims for bus accidents in Northern Ireland.

A statement was issued by the transport service operator saying that it was committed to high safety standards for both passengers and other users of the road. Transport unions added that recent cuts to public transport has had “devastating impacts” on public safety; in 2014, Translink had its funding cut by the Department for Regional Development by £13 million. Additional cutbacks were implemented after the operator reported an £8.4 million loss.

A spokesperson for Translink has said that“It is important to put some context around these figures which cover a five-year period. The level of compensation paid out is less than 0.5% of our annual revenue, and more importantly, Translink’s annual level of compensation is also amongst the lowest paid out when benchmarked against other UK operators. We carry around 80 million passenger journeys every year and their safety is a top priority for everyone at Translink”.

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