Rail station revamp ‘central to legacy’

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

The old Waterside railway station could be the centre piece of Derry’s City of Culture legacy, it has been claimed.

Lobby group Into the West (ITW) says the old station, designed in 1875 by John Lanyon, has the potential to be a “central legacy project” for the city.

“What could be more appropriate than a distinguished piece of 19th architecture helping to renew the city in the 21st century.

“Surely, this is what ‘legacy’ means,” an ITW spokesman said.

The group have also expressed concern that there “hasn’t even been an application for EU funds for our line or our station” - despite the new £2.9 million rail and bus transport hub in Antrim being part funded by the Europen funding. Into the West further called for the results of a public consultation - completed five months ago - on the station to be published.

“This is not good enough,” the spokesman said.