Derry rail upgrade delayed

More delays to the upgrade of the Derry rail link.
More delays to the upgrade of the Derry rail link.

A multi-million pound upgrade of Derry’s rail link looks set to be delayed by up to a year.

It’s been revealed that phase two of the Derry to Coleraine project won’t be completed until 2016 - at the earliest.

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy says he’s “frustrated” by the new setback.

It’s understood Translink has encountered “issues” in relation to procurement.

As a result, plans to create a passing loop and improve signalling won’t be completed until some time in 2016.

The Minister said: “Translink have been engaged for some time in a procurement process to carry out the second phase of work to improve the Londonderry to Coleraine rail track. I am very disappointed that this £22 million project will now be delayed beyond the end of 2015.

“I have raised with Translink my concerns when they encountered difficulties. I fully acknowledge that with schemes of this kind it is very important to ensure the procurement process is carried out appropriately.

“Whilst I am frustrated at the delay, I have asked Translink to make this an absolute priority going forward. I want to stress that I remain fully committed to this important project.”