Lecturers call for removal of barriers: Lecturers at the North West College of Technology in Derry called for the immediate removal of the Strand Road security barriers claiming that they will have serious and damaging consequences for the college and increase the risk of death or injury to staff and students. With its close proximity to the Strand Road RUC station, the lecturers said they also believed the college was now in serious jeopardy and urged the government to either remove the RUC station or relocate the college in another suitable part of the city. In a statement, the secretary of the local branch of the lecturers union, NATFHE, Mr Robin Percival, said members were dismayed by the erection of the barriers and believed they would have serious and damaging consequences for the North West College.
O’Connell queries Needham’s ‘Friendship’: The angry claims of Northern Ireland Environment Minister, Mr Richard Needham, that his position on the security barriers had been misrepresented and that he was a “friend of Derrys,” have drawn a strong reaction from senior Derry city councillor, SDLP alderman William O’Connell, who claimed that any impartial observer would be hard pressed to find any evidence of just how “friendly” Mr Needham, as Minister for the Environment, had been to Derry.
New look rail service for north west: Northern Ireland Railways this week unveiled the first of the company’s newly refurbished trains which will be operating on services between Derry and Belfast. The first train, resplendent in its new blue and grey livery was named ‘Glenshane’ by BBC Radio Foyle personality, Gerry Anderson, and its interior has been completely refurbished with new seating improve passenger facilities and comfort. Speaking at Waterside Station, Sir Myles Humphreys said the company recognised the importance of services to the north west.