Sinn Féin MLA for East Derry and member of the Regional Development Committee Cathal Ó hOisín has called for further consideration to be given to a railway halt close to the proposed site in Ballykelly where the new Agriculture and Rural Development department will be located.
Speaking today Mr Ó hOisin said:
“The move of the department of Agriculture and Rural development to Ballykelly will be a huge boost to the local economy.
“To help foster this move I have called on both the Regional Development Minister and the Agriculture Minister to consider the expansion of the transport infrastructure in the area.
“With the current upgrade of the Derry to Belfast railway line set to take place this would be the ideal time to initiate a railway halt at Ballykelly to facilitate up to 840 DARD employees and others who would travel to the town to provide extra services for the large increase to the workforce in the area.
“There is a proposed halt not much further along the line and this could quite easily be moved. Further to this I would encourage the establishment of a shuttle bus service from any new halt to the actually site which is just under 1km away from the nearest section of railway line .
“I wave written to both Ministers on this issue and have asked that the Regional Development committee do likewise and I am hoping to meet both in the coming days to raise what I believe to be a complimentary enhancement of the local transport links following this move.”