Campbell calls for bilingual bus signs in Derry‏‎

Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell has called on Translink to introduce a pilot scheme of using bilingual destination screens on a number of bus routes  in the city and to also adopt bilingual bus signs in both English and Irish.

Sinn Féin Councillor and spokesperson on the Irish Language, Kevin Campbell with Culture Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín
Sinn Féin Councillor and spokesperson on the Irish Language, Kevin Campbell with Culture Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín

He said “I believe this is doable and is achievable at very little cost.

Translink bus services operating in West Belfast have been featuring both English and Irish language signs on destinations screens since 2011 . And there has been bilingual passenger information on bus shelter timetables and route information.

I will be seeking a meeting with Translink in Derry to see if we can move this on here locally .There are hundreds of children going to schools in the city learning through the medium of Irish and hundreds of people of all ages attending night classes and hundreds taking part in cultural musical and sporting activities This was magnified tenfold when Derry hosted the Fleadh in 2013.

To have bus services using bilingual signage on a number of routes  i believe would be a very positive and progressive move for the city.