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Report is launch pad for more work on railway issue – Leonard

18 September, 2007

Sinn Féin's Billy Leonard has said that the report issued by the 'Northern Corridor Railway Group' should now take the work on the railway issue to a "new level."

The Group which is made up of seven Councils launched their report in the City Hotel Derry seeking to have an integrated railway network as part of an entire transport and infrastructure vision.

There have been long held fears that the line north of Ballymena could be run down to such a level that it would no longer be viable.

Councillor Leonard said:

"It is vital that we maintain the all party and combined council approach on this vital issue.

"It is not rocket science to say that if you provide a better service it will be used more by the public. Nor is it a major revelation to say that not only should a first class service run from Belfast to Derry but it should then run to Letterkenny and in turn link with the line running down the west of Ireland.

"This report is a stage along the way and a launch pad for the work to continue on this issue. We do not have a network at present but it can be delivered through time and if the resources are available.

"I hope that we can all play our part to deliver this vision and provide a realistic alternative for many to the car and gridlocked roads." ENDS

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