Monday 26 January 2015

Free travel flyer a fake: minister

Published 30/11/2012 | 17:54

A fake flyer offering free bus and rail travel to foreign nationals should be put straight in the bin, the roads minister said

A flyer offering free bus and rail travel to foreign nationals is fake, Northern Ireland's roads minister has warned.

The literature, which was distributed in east Belfast, also lists a series of false offers for young people and the elderly.

Ulster Unionist minister Danny Kenney said the leaflet should be immediately binned.

He said: "For anyone to target specific groups of people with fake promises of discounted travel is uncalled for and in very poor taste.

"The leaflet's claim that foreign nationals are to receive free travel gives the impression of being calculated to create friction, if that was the aim then this leaflet takes on an altogether more sinister character.

"Anyone who has received such a leaflet should put it straight in the bin."

The flyer was put through letterboxes in the Knocknagoney area and lists a number of different travel schemes including the yLink Youth Card and the Senior Smart Pass.

It also claims that in 2013 all non-British citizens will be entitled to a one-off 12-month free travel card.

The Department for Regional Development, which has responsibility for the bus and rail network, said genuine offers could be found on the Translink website.

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