THE footbridge adjoining Erneside to Enniskillen town centre will be closed from September 4th for five weeks and a free shuttle bus to the centre of the town is being put in place.
The shuttle bus aims to retain the link between the Shopping Centre, and the other businesses in the centre of the town and is being organised by the business support group Enniskillen BID.
The closure of the footbridge is due to the necessary maintenance and painting required to keep the bridge in use but the shopping centre will remain open for business.
The shuttle bus will provide a hop on, hop off service every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 6pm on a half hourly basis with a break for school traffic, for the duration of the bridge closure.
The bus will stop at various locations during its town route which includes Belmore Street, East Bridge Street, Townhall Street and High Street and will stop at the bus stop between Asda and Erneside. Jim Masterson, Erneside manager is delighted to have the shuttle bus introduced.
“During the planned works to the footbridge Erneside are pleased to support Enniskillen BID’s initiative to provide a free shuttle bus service, that is hoped will assist customers who normally use the footbridge to move between Erneside and the town centre.
Previously, business owners in the centre of Enniskillen expressed their concerns around the upcoming temporary closure of Erneside Footbridge, and the shuttle bus aims to limit disruption.
Enniskillen BID manager, Noelle McAloon has said, “While the essential maintenance is vital for the safety of the public we acknowledge the inconvenience it may cause. In order to alleviate some of the inconvenience Enniskillen BID have organised a shuttle bus to run in a loop from the town centre to Erneside. It is hoped that this service will be well utilised and we can have a positive impact for everyone in the BID area,” said Ms McAloon.
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