Translink withdraws buses during “general unrest” in west Belfast

The BBC are reporting that Translink have withdrawn its buses from an area of west Belfast after one of its buses was attacked during what a company spokesperson described as “general unrest”. From the BBC report

The police have been unable to confirm reports of trouble on the Springfield Road but Translink said it has withdrawn its buses from the area. The trouble was reportedly focused around the Mackie’s factory site. The Translink spokesperson said that she understood youths had attempted to set fire to the road.

Adds In a prompt update to the BBC report we are now informed that petrol bombs were thrown and that “Police have said they have dispersed the crowd and the area is now quiet.”

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  • aquifer

    I do think that setting fire to kerbstones requires some sort of special application and talent. Not quite nuclear fusion, but very close.

  • FitzjamesHorse

    So……basically nothing to worry about then.

  • Ulick

    youths had attempted to set fire to the road.

    What’s this a piece of student research? I’d like to know how they got on with that.

  • sdelaneys

    Setting fire to the road! They could get a grant for that if they look hard enough.

  • Davros

    I thought for one brief, glorious moment that they had withdrawn the buses due to general uninterest

  • Rory Carr

    I wonder, when Translink withdrew their bus service did anyone notice?

  • Neil

    Probably not Rory. The black hacks are a better option anyway, faster and cheaper. It’s a quid sixty from the top of the Glen these days! Anyway, haven’t seen a bus in weeks, every day a taxi comes along first, (and costs 30p less).

  • Brian MacAodh

    “general unrest”

    I love that.

  • FitzjamesHorse

    Once again “Trouble” is talked up on Slugger. There must ne an air of disappointment that it was all much ado about nothing.

  • Davros

    “youths had attempted to set fire to the road.”

    Visions of exasperated feral youth kneeling on ground with lighters. Passed Irish, failed chemistry and physics.

  • joeCanuck

    Funny, Davros.

  • Gerry Lvs castro

    Never quite understood the fondness of west Belfast youth for smashing and throwing stuff. Is it because their social security is coming from London instead of Dublin?

  • Comrade Stalin


    There are serious problems in parts of West Belfast, and elsewhere, with local residents being terrorised by youths engaged in anti-social behaviour. It’s a grave mistake to dismiss it as “much ado about nothing”.