Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín has called for the Derry/Belfast railway line to be upgraded as soon as possible before the North becomes a laughing stock across Europe.
The East Derry MLA was speaking after congratulating cyclist John Madden for beating the Derry/Belfast train in a race between the cities.
Mr Ó hOisín stated,
“I would like to congratulate local man John Madden for breaking the record of travelling between Derry and Belfast by bike and also beating the train in the process.
“This is even more remarkable given John was unable to use the motorway or he would have been even faster.
“While John is a remarkably fit athlete the fact that a bike was able to beat the local train service in any circumstance makes us a laughing stock across Europe. It highlights the need to upgrade the track as soon as possible.
“If the minister is serious about promoting and expanding the rail network he needs to begin with the existing infrastructure and bring it up to a proper standard.
“I am now calling on Danny Kennedy to bring the 2nd phase of the upgrade of the Derry Belfast line forward so that passengers can travel along the line faster than on a bicycle.”