27 April 2015
Translink announce transport plan for smart moves to Balmoral Show
Free shuttle bus from Lisburn Train
Station, enhanced rail services & coach package deals
With large crowds expected at the 147th Balmoral Show, 13 – 15 May 2015, Translink is asking visitors to plan their journeys in advance and leave extra time to make onward train connections.
Special bus, coach and train transport arrangements are in place to help visitors make smart moves for a relaxing journey to reach Balmoral Park situated at Maze Long Kesh .
Colin McDonald, Chief Executive RUAS commented:
“Preparations for this year’s Balmoral Show are well advanced and we are looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to Balmoral Park over the course of the three days. With so much
to see at the Show it’s important to get there in good time and relaxed. We have teamed up with Translink to provide coach day tours from a range of regional towns. This offer represents a convenient and economical way to visit the Show.
“Our complimentary shuttle bus service from Lisburn train station to the Show will be in operation again. This service has operated very successfully with shuttle bus passengers beating the queues
and enjoying quick access to the Show. Bus passengers who purchase early bird tickets on the Balmoral Show website will be able to enjoy priority entrances at the event.”
Translink’s Ciarán Rogan said using public transport is the smart move for anyone travelling to this year’s show:
“We are working closely with RUAS to provide hassle-free bus and train travel to this
year’s show and would encourage visitors to plan their journey using our dedicated website section www.translink.co.uk/balmoralshow/.
“We will operate specialcoach day tours available to purchase online offering return journey to
Balmoral Park and show admission for just £31 (adult) & £16 (child)**. These services will depart Derry~Londonderry, Limavady, Strabane, Omagh, Enniskillen, Dungannon, Cookstown, Antrim, Magherafelt, Ballymena, Ballymoney and Coleraine with other locations also served along these main routes.
“On each day of the show, a free shuttle bus service will run from Lisburn Train Station to the Show grounds between 8.30am – 9pm. The estimated outward journey time is around 20-30
minutes and we are advising passengers to allow 30 – 45 minutes transfer time to return from the show back to Lisburn for onward train connections – especially anyone using cross-border or North West services.
“Anyone using either the free shuttle bus or special coach package deal can also enjoy priority show entry. For additional convenience, selected morning train services coming from the North
will run through to Lisburn so passengers will not need to change trains in Belfast
“We also have a range of discount travel tickets available including a third-off day return train
tickets or selected Goldline coach services after 9.30am*** and would remind Senior smartpass holders to take advantage of their free travel. We would also encourage customers to pre-book their show ticket,” said Ciarán.
For passenger comfort, visitors are being encouraged to avoid peak travel times and make their journeys after 9.30am and after evening rush hour (4-6pm). The shuttle bus service will have limited space for prams and wheelchairs. All buggies should be folded before getting onto any bus or train services.
For further travel information including ticket purchase click www.translink.co.uk/balmoralshow/ or call 028 9066 6630. For the latest travel updates follow Twitter @Translink_NI #smartmovers. For Balmoral Show information click www.balmoralshow.co.uk.
All media enquiries to Translink press office: Tel. 028 9089 9455 or mob. 07786 884024.
Notes to Editors:
Coach Day Tours –
Ticketprices: - Return Travel & Priority Show Entry:
65+ & 12-17yrs old £25
5 – 11 yrs old £16
Under 5s £9.
Return Travel Only:
12-17yrs old £13
5 – 11 yrs old £9
Under 5s £9.
- Online ticket sales will close at 7pm on the day prior to event.
- Tickets are also available to buy in person at selected Ulsterbus
Third-off day return NI Railways tickets available after 9.30am.
***Third-off day return Goldline tickets available after 9.30 on selected scheduled services including:
209 - Belfast to
215 – Downpatrick
218 / 219 –
Coleraine, Ballymena, Antrim to Belfast
238 / 238A – Newry
Portadown to Belfast, Armagh to Belfast
256 – Larne to
Show 2014 Opening Times (May 13 – 15):
Wed & Thurs
9.30am – 8pm
Reduced park and ride facilities at Lisburn train station during the 3 days of the show due
to shuttle bus arrangements
There may be some disruption to local bus services in the Lisburn area due to expected
congestion around Balmoral Park.
Selected morning train services coming from the North will run through to Lisburn so
passengers will not need to change trains in Belfast. These include:
Ex Londonderry 7.13am
Ex Coleraine 7.19