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McKay welcomes new rail services from Ballymena - Belfast

27 September, 2007

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has welcomed the announcement that extra rail services are to be provided between Ballymena and Belfast.

Mr McKay said:

"From the start of October four new services will be provided between Ballymena and Belfast. In the morning new services from Ballymena to Belfast will run at 6.35am and 8.05am respectively, and in the evening return services from Belfast will run at 15.20pm and 16.47pm.

"Passenger numbers on the Derry-Belfast railway line have risen considerably over the past two years and Translink must ensure that the level of service on the line, especially in terms of punctuality, rises as well.

"It is quite clear that when the service improves, so does the number of people using our trains as a form of public transport, especially when it means avoiding the daily congestion on the M2 into Belfast.

"I welcome the comments from Translink that they will continue to make the case for further expansion and that the business case is clear. Further upgrading of the railway service will be key in attracting new commuters and decreasing the levels of traffic on our roads." ENDS

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