Sinn Féin MLA Sean Lynch has called on both the Irish Government and Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy to work within the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) to develop the railway network along the Western corridor to connect Belfast to Sligo through Derry.
Mr. Lynch said,
“There is funding available through TEN-T, which has a budget of €49 billion, to develop transport systems across the EU.
“Sinn Féin MLA’s brought forward a motion in the Assembly this week that called on Minister Kennedy to work with Irish Transport Minister Varadkar to look at acquiring funding to develop a railway system that would connect Belfast and Sligo through Derry.
“This Western Arc project would include a western rail network extending through from Belfast through Derry, Sligo, Knock, Galway to Shannon/ Limerick. This project would go a very long way to re-establishing an all-Ireland rail network.
“Sinn Féin has been working vigorously in an attempt to acquire the inclusion of a project we feel would benefit the whole island of Ireland.
“Our elected representatives have had discussions in Europe, met with the various councils and various organisations North and South in order to gain more information and to keep moving our project forward.
“The use of an all-island rail passenger/freight network would reduce road traffic congestion, protect the environment by reducing toxic emissions and open the entire western corridor of Ireland North and South to economic development.”