Ben Lowry: At last, the prospect of late buses out of Belfast

Last week I wrote about the equinox and the depressing prospect of six months of darkness ahead (see link below).

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 30th September 2017, 11:43 am
Updated Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 3:24 pm
There were buses until 1am at the end of Belfast ninth's Culture Night on September 22. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
There were buses until 1am at the end of Belfast ninth's Culture Night on September 22. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

But Culture Night in Belfast was at least an atmospheric launch to the wintry season of long nights.

After I wrote that piece, in the early Friday evening, and after later meeting people in the Cathedral Quarter, I took one of the special 1am buses home.

The entire top level of the bus that I was on was full.

Apparently Translink are trying further late night services in December.

This is great news: at long last the day may be coming when people (often young people with a limited budget) will not have to pay heavily for taxis if they leave Belfast after 11pm (taxis they might have waited 30+ minutes to get).

• Ben Lowry (@BenLowry2) is News Letter deputy editor