‘Protect old train station’

The former Waterside Railway Station. 2001JM65
The former Waterside Railway Station. 2001JM65

The North’s Environment Minister has been urged to do more to protect Derry’s Old Railway Station.

The call from Foyle Civic Trust comes after the building on Duke Street was last week targeted by metal thieves.

The Foyle Civic Trust has expressed grave concern at the recent theft of lead from the roof of the former railway station.

A spokeswoman for the Trust commented: “The Trust has written to Alex Attwood, the Minister for the Environment, also to the Chief Executive of Derry City Council and to the owner of the building, urging them to take steps to ensure that the building does not suffer further deterioration. Attention was drawn in particular to broken windows and the likelihood of water damage resulting from the theft of lead work.”

The spokeswoman continued: “In view of the former Railway Station’s status as a listed and landmark Victorian building, the Trust is pressing for ‘joined-up’ thinking between Derry City Council and the Departments for the Environment and Regional Development to ensure that that this vulnerable former railway station is protected whilst its future use is secured.”