Council to hold special meeting over rail line plans

The Mayor of Derry will convene a special council meeting next week to consider the changes to the plans for upgrading the Derry to Coleraine rail link.

Alderman Maurice Devenney said it was important to recall councillors from their summer recess to discuss the issue, which could see passengers having to travel by bus while the line is closed.

“The meeting will be a chance for us to develop a consolidated position so that we can take a lead role in lobbying Translink and central government to provide us with a long term commitment to the rail service in the North West. The onus is on us to campaign for a clear and defined investment plan with cross-party political commitment for the region.

“The City’s rail link is extremely important not only in terms of transport infrastructure but for economic development and tourism. It is imperative that we have a robust rail service in the run up to and during 2013 as the City of Culture year,” he said.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday at 2pm.