New Roadway Improves Access for Patients to the Downe Hospital

6th April 2023

The South Eastern HSC Trust in partnership with Translink is pleased to announce the re-establishment of the onsite bus service to the Downe Hospital, the service will become operational on 17 April 2023.

Improvement works have been completed to the main roadway within the hospital to widen the route and create a brand new bus lane to accommodate Translink vehicles to drop off/pick up passengers directly outside the main entrance to the hospital, this will ease patient journeys and reduce their need to rely on their cars or on relatives to drive them to the hospital.

Service Lead for Transport and Travel Planning, Richard Walker explained, “I am delighted to confirm the completion of the recent road works at the Downe Hospital arranged by the Trust’s Estates Department. This improvement work has totally transformed the road layout with the new bus lane giving Translink vehicles direct access to the main entrance and a clear route off the hospital site, without obstructing other vehicles on the site, creating a free flowing traffic system.

“A brand new bus stop has also been installed with a shelter to shield passengers from the elements while they wait on their transport to arrive.

“The works have been undertaken as part of the Travel Team Strategic Plan, which has an aim to improve access to all Trust sites, these improvements align with the site master plan and will see other areas being developed on the site in the coming years.

“Now that this work is complete we look forward to our visitors using this fantastic public transport service and hope that the user numbers will increase to assist in easing vehicular congestion.”

Translink Service Delivery Manager Ciaran McHugh said, “We’re committed to providing convenient and comfortable services for our customers and supporting the Trust in their efforts to ease congestion across the hospital site.

“We’re pleased to be able to deliver services to the main entrance and hope that visitors will take advantage of this public transport option when travelling to the hospital.

“This 315A service will operate from Downpatrick Bus Centre with departures from 7.25am to 5.15pm Monday to Friday and from 8.30am to 4.30pm on Saturdays.

“Customers can also use our good-value tickets, including £1.35 per journey using a Smart Link travel card or £3.00 for our Town Service day ticket. Full timetable details are available from Downpatrick Bus Centre and at the new Downe Hospital bus stop.”